RATHLIN Island has so far managed to escape the devastation of the coronavirus pandemic, but there may be storm clouds gathering over the popular puffin paradise.
Zero cases of Covid-19 have come at the cost of zero visitors since lockdown began, causing significant economic challenges for the island.
Michael Cecil, chairman of the local residents' association, says people are concerned about the long-term economic impact of the shutdown and are already considering partially reopening the island before the end of the year.
He told Sunday Life: "Beyond all this there are going to be a few areas of concern. It's going to take a long time for tourist numbers to recover. They had been growing year-on-year for about 10 years and all of that has now been undone.
"The accommodation providers have no bookings and encouraging people back onto the ferries is going to be difficult.
"Then there is the economic impact, with recession likely and people having less money to spend as a result.
"There are positives as well. The isolation of Rathlin may actually be a selling point in light of all this as we are separate but still connected. That has its advantages. There is a sense of protection here.
"But as this goes on and on and gets more difficult, it's worrying because the pressure is building. We're doing our best and are looking at how we might ease some restrictions going forward because we do have to get to the point where we open back up again.
"It's a long process with a lot of voices to be heard and not everyone is going to be happy, but it's a well-intentioned debate.
"We think we will get non-tourist travel back up and running before the end of the year."
Liam McFaul is the RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds) warden on Rathlin Island and, although he hasn't seen much change among the avian population, he is similarly concerned for the future of the island and the RSPB reserve, which is home to puffins, guillemots, kittiwakes, razorbills and fulmars as well as, more recently, corncrakes and Northern Ireland's only pair of breeding chough.
"Obviously, the reserve itself employs staff to run and manage the visitor centre and facilitate visitors. That's all shut down at the moment," he explained.
"Also, there were lots of volunteers who had to be cancelled and all of that will be a loss to the RSPB.
"Many visitor attractions are going to be hit. Services, accommodation... everything has ground to a halt.
"Everybody here wants things to get back to normal at some point, but at the end of the day we're going to have to take a hit until then.
"Health issues are more important and it's vital we get out the other end of this sooner rather than later.
"There hasn't really been much change for the birds. To be honest, they just get on with their lives - they don't really get affected by most things.
"Tourism is one area where things have changed, obviously, as we have no visitors, but there is no disturbance factor with most of the seabirds anyway.
"Most of the birds that people see at the visitor centre are at a distance where the people don't disturb them, so they just come in and get on with it as normal.
"From our point of view, it hasn't really changed much in that sense. In fact, it has ended up giving us a little less to do.
"I know some of the other reserves have pathways and so on where birds might start nesting with no visitors and in that circumstance you might need to reroute the pathways, but that's not the case on Rathlin.
"It's been very quiet, especially around the harbour areas. It's a big knock to all the businesses and services, which are struggling not being able to sustain an income. Some of our own staff have been stood down, but it's business as usual in other areas for the most part because we're completely isolated.
"Our monitoring, for example, has been able to continue because there is no danger of you bumping into someone else when you're in a field in the middle of the night listening for corncrake."
The economic pinch has been felt keenly across the island since the shutdown, even at the Manor House hotel in Church Bay, which is normally one of the busiest places to stay.
Mary O'Driscoll (below), originally from Cape Clear Island off the coast of Co Cork, took over the running of the 18th-century listed hotel last March and had big hopes for her five-year term.
Changeable weather and now a global pandemic have hampered her plans and she is concerned for her economic future.
"The lockdown totally devastated our revenue stream overnight. Our last guests left in March and we weren't really very busy due to the bad weather in the previous month," she said.
"It was my intention to keep the business open throughout the winter during weekends, but the weather was dreadful in February and the ferries couldn't operate.
"That was the first problem and then in March this came along. In the general interests of the island, we shut down almost immediately.
"We closed on March 10 and at that stage we didn't think it would go on this long, but it's gone on and on and on.
"I had just put two extra girls on my payroll to work at the hotel and unfortunately they couldn't be furloughed because they didn't make the cut-off.
"Sadly, I can't pay them, but I am hopeful about the hardship fund recently announced by the Department for the Economy, which might help us out.
"We have two staff who live-in at the hotel, which is great for insurance and so on, but we still have bills to pay and we just have to look to the future and hope things improve.
"The most important thing is everybody is well and we're confident that everybody is clear of the virus and healthy.
"I have a five-year contract here and didn't expect to be making any money in the first year or two, but I was hoping I'd be able to pay my own way and pay expenses soon, which is now unlikely.
"I was hoping in two or three years to start getting some income from it, but obviously it depends very much on how this works out.
I am just holding my breath at the moment and trying to keep my head above water. I am very grateful for the furlough scheme as it means I can keep the two girls I had originally.
On the plus side, I am lucky that I have the girls living there and looking after the place.
"We have a lovely little polytunnel in the grounds which we're using to grow potatoes and it looks beautiful, especially in the good weather.
"I intend to pick up the pieces and be where I wanted to be in five years' time, despite all the setbacks. It's a really lovely and beautiful house which I love."