Isles FM News: Tuesday 14th April 2020

Exercise and Outdoor Access Code

Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MSP Alasdair Allan has called on people to stay at home and not travel within the Western Isles, unless their journey is absolutely necessary.

Unnecessary Travel not only risks spreading Covid-19, but puts an unnecessary burden, on local healthcare providers and essential services.

The right of access does continue to apply and exercise remains, an important part of physical and mental wellbeing during the current crisis.

The Scottish Government have stressed that during the current emergency, everyone should: Stay in their local area and should not travel by car to take exercise. Paths, open spaces and quiet roads in the home area should be used.

A distance of at least 2 metres from other people should be maintained. Busy times on popular paths should be avoided

The health and safety of crofters, and others working the land should be respected. Reasonable requests and signs should be followed, Avoiding in particular areas such as farmyards, fields with pregnant ewes or young livestock, and other busy working areas.

Dogs should be kept under control on a lead and they should not be allowed to approach other people or livestock

Members of the public continuing to strictly abide by these measures, will protect the NHS and save lives.

Scottish Crown Estate revenue for COVID-19 pressures.

Coastal businesses and third sector organisations affected by COVID-19 can now benefit from a £7.2 million Scottish Crown Estate fund which is devolved to councils.
The 26 councils in Scotland who have coastlines, can use their remaining share of the fund, which they have not yet allocated, to offer direct support to struggling coastal enterprises and organisations, after agreement by the Scottish Government and COSLA.
Environment and Climate Change Secretary Roseanna Cunningham said:
““Following discussions with COSLA we have written to local authorities to encourage them to look at ways they can use these funds, where required, to help hard-pressed businesses and organisations to get through this challenging period.”