From 1 May 2022, anyone experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or any symptoms of other respiratory infections will be advised just to stay at home if ill, most people no longer need to take a coronavirus test.

Previous guidance on self-isolation has now been withdrawn.  The website has been updated as follows:

From 1 May, most people no longer need to take a coronavirus test and should follow guidance on staying at home if unwell.

Stay at home and avoid contact with other people if you:

  • have symptoms of a respiratory infection such as coronavirus
  • have a high temperature
  • do not feel well enough to go to work or carry out normal activities

Do this until you no longer have a high temperature (if you had one) or until you feel better.

Work from home if you can. If you can’t work from home, talk to your employer about your options.

Avoid close contact with anyone who is at higher risk, especially individuals with a weakened immune system.

If you’ve been asked to attend a medical or dental appointment in person, tell them about your symptoms.

You may wish to ask friends, family or neighbours to get food and other essentials for you.

You should tell people you have recently been in contact with that you’re feeling unwell. This means they can be aware of signs or symptoms.

Please see Coronavirus (COVID-19) | NHS inform for full details.


In response to Covid-19 and advice set out by the Scottish Government, we have adopted a new cleaning protocol for self catering properties. However, there are recommendations for our guests as well whilst staying at the cottage and we would be grateful if you read them and follow the advice. If you have any questions please let us know.

In order to have a safe and enjoyable stay please adhere to these rules

  • Keep contact with your host and visitors to a minimum, following the current social distancing guidelines
  • Maintain the cleanliness of the property during your stay
  • Air the property during your stay
  • Strip the beds when checking out
  • Please use the range of cleaning materials, antibacterial hand gels and antibacterial hand washes
  • Face masks are not mandatory


Symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) in adults can include:

  • a high temperature or shivering (chills) – a high temperature means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
  • shortness of breath
  • feeling tired or exhausted
  • an aching body
  • a headache
  • a sore throat
  • a blocked or runny nose
  • loss of appetite
  • diarrhoea
  • feeling sick or being sick

The symptoms are very similar to symptoms of other illnesses, such as colds and flu.

  • Inform us immediately to discuss next viable steps


  • (home) GP or call NHS 111
  • online:
  • call: 119
  • Borders General Hospital, Huntlyburn Terrace, Melrose TD6 9BS, tel: 01896 826000
  • Greenlaw Surgery, Duns Rd, Greenlaw, Duns TD10 6XJ, 01361 885161
  • Greenlaw Pharmacy, 4 The Square, Greenlaw, TD10 6UD, 01361 810684