Essence of Harris and Isle of Harris Distillery combine to help public facing workers.

Angus MacNeil MP has said today that Social Distancing and handwashing remain key elements in the battle against the corona virus in the Western Isles as elsewhere. 

Essence of Harris contacted Mr MacNeil to tell him of their plans to provide an alcohol hand sanitiser which would be made available to public facing Western Isles workers. Isle of Harris distillery have provided alcohol to enable Essence of Harris to switch production to provide supplies of a hand sanitizer to those in the Islands who need it most.

Mr MacNeil said

“Both companies are to be commended for this further example of the community working together to enable everyone to follow the guidelines about hand washing and social distancing. This Hand Gel will be available to public facing workers whether in shops, care settings or other places where it is needed.

“It is pleasing to see churches, tourist outlets and other businesses closing or changing how they work to encourage social distancing at great cost to their businesses but for the benefit of us all.

Some cafes, pubs and clubs have stayed open but please stay away from crowded places. In public places be sure you stay at least 2 metres away from others and don’t go in if they are busy. We do not want to look back in three weeks and wish we had done more. In reality this is not holiday time and if you have come back to the islands from the cities best to stay at home for at least a week and distance yourself.

Social distancing can have a big impact on the spread of the virus and we must all look after each other by following the guidelines.” 


For supplies of Hand Gel contact :       or by phoning 01859 502 768