Isles FM News in association with Hebrides News: Monday 11th May 2020


Scottish Government guidelines, during the Covid-19 pandemic remain the same, for the next 3 weeks except: People can go outside more than once a day to exercise. This activity should continue to be undertaken close to home. Those going out to exercise should either go alone, or with members of their household.

The First Minister said: “The core principles of lockdown in Scotland remain the same, people should stay at home to help save lives and protect the NHS.
It is vitally important that anyone going out, maintains physical distancing and strict hygiene measures, in order to ensure we don’t lose ground. The public are encouraged to consider wearing a facial covering in enclosed spaces, where physical distancing is more difficult and where there is a risk of close contact people out with their household.


In line with Scottish Government policy, NHS Western Isles his week commence, a new long-term approach to addressing COVID-19. This is an initiative called Test, Trace, Isolate, and Support.

The principles of this approach are to:

TEST: people in the community who have symptoms for 48 to 72 hours consistent of COVID-19, to identify cases of infection.
CONTACT TRACE: by identifing close contacts of the person who may have had the disease transmitted to them.
ISOLATE: the individual for 7 days and their contacts for 14 days.
SUPPORT: these people to remain in self-isolation.

NHS Western Isles Director of Public Health, Dr Maggie Watts, commented
“The Test, Trace, Isolate, and Support approach will be most effective when levels of infection are low, as is currently the case in the Western Isles. The success of this approach relies on all of us knowing and agreeing what to do if we have symptoms, and being prepared to self-isolate when advised to do so.



Highlands and Islands MSP Donald Cameron has highlighted the importance of the local high street to community life
Mr Cameron spoke after the Scottish Retail Consortium revealed there was a 12 per cent vacancy rate for High Street premises in March, even before the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

Mr Cameron, the Scottish Conservative Shadow Finance Secretary, said: “Our local High Streets are incredibly important for community life. They also host many of our traditional family businesses, which contribute so much to their communities and to the distinctive character of our towns. “I am fearful that we could see a significant decline in the vibrancy of our High Streets if we don't urgently take some imaginative measures to support them.

“This will require a multi-agency approach including the Scottish Government, councils, and bodies which represent local business. A lesson from the pandemic is surely that there is value in keeping things local.”



An Comunn Gaidhealach, the organisers of the Royal National Mod, having rescheduled the Mod in Inverness until October 2021, have confirmed the
schedule for Mod venues, up to 2024
The Mod will be in Inverness Oct 2021,Perth in October 2022, Paisley in October 2023 and Oban in October 2024



John MacLennan of Stornoway has raised over £4,000 for the RNLI Stornoway branch. By undertaking a 37 mile sponsored cycle, between Stornoway and Carloway, to celebrate his 70th birthday.
Mr Maclennan has been a supporter of the Stornoway lifeboat for almost half a century since becoming a crew member in 1971. Currently, he is chairman of the Stornoway RNLI branch.
Mr Maclennan commented “Our lifeboat station has a long and distinguished track record of service, to our Island community and all seafarers, regardless of nationality or creed. All the lifeboat Institution is wholly dependent on voluntary contributions. So a heartfelt thank you to all who have contributed. A charity webpage at is still open for donations.