NHS Fife can confirm that a cluster of 21 people with links to Tayport have tested positive for COVID-19. The cluster is believed to be connected to a small number of hospitality venues in the town. These venues have since voluntarily closed to allow for environmental assessment and cleaning to take place.

Contact tracing is ongoing and the appropriate guidance and support is being provided.

Director of Public Health, Dona Milne, said:

“We are aware that there has been a notable increase in the amount of community transmissions throughout Fife – instances where people have picked up the virus and we have been unable to establish a clear source of origin.

“Whilst the evidence suggests that the cases in Tayport are largely linked to hospitality venues in the town, we would still encourage everyone in the area – and indeed across Fife - to remain vigilant and take steps to help protect themselves and others from the virus. Do not visit others out with your household bubble indoors, keep a safe physical distance where possible, wear face coverings where distancing is difficult, keep hands and surfaces clean, and, if you do develop any of the key COVID-19 symptoms: a high temperature; a new, continuous cough; or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste, isolate and arrange a test immediately. 

“We know that this is a difficult time for people, but we also know that following this guidance makes a real difference. Please stick with it Fife and do your bit to protect yourself and others around you.”