Isles FM News in association with Hebrides News: Tuesday 12th May 2020

PETITION FOR MORE TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS

The number of visitors arriving in the Western Isles, has prompted a petition, for tighter enforcement of the Scottish Governments travel restrictions.
Due to second home owners and camper vans arriving in the islands, Catriona Morrison from Harris has set up a petition at Change.org, to campaign for stricter enforcement, suggesting police should be making checks at ferry ports, to assist Cal Mac’s essential travel regulations, as per Scottish Government guidelines.


A Cal Mac spokesman said “The ferry firm is carrying out strict controls, as implemented by the Scottish Government. By actively turning people away. It is, important to note that we do not have police or civic powers. If even stricter measures are required, then this is a matter of Government policy and would require a political solution.
A spokesperson for Police Scotland said: "In relation to any specific concerns, we will continue to respond and follow agreed processes."

ISLANDS MSP URGES PUBLIC TO STICK TO LOCKDOWN

Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MSP Alasdair Allan has urged people to stick to the lockdown guidance in Scotland and to refrain from visiting the Western Isles.

This comes as changes to lockdown in England were announced by UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Sunday evening.



Alasdair Allan MSP commented: “I have received a lot of queries and comment following the Prime Minister’s address on Sunday, and the confusion this has caused, is deeply regrettable.

We have already seen a national newspaper print a photo of the Hebrides beside a caption saying, that people would be able to drive to beauty spots from Wednesday. The First Minister had to set the newspaper right on television today and remind them what the rules in Scotland are.

 

FOCUS MUST BE ON CARE HOME TESTING

Highlands and Islands MSP Donald Cameron has called on the fight against the coronavirus, to be focused on, protecting staff and residents in care homes.
Mr Cameron said: “Carers in residential settings are on the front-line of the battle against the virus. This means that the focus must be on testing care home workers, to reassure them that they are free of the disease and to minimise the chances of care homes being infected.


As testing in the Highlands and Islands has been carried out at a relatively low rate, it is right that there should be a great national effort to improve matters.
“I believe it would also help to instil confidence if the number of care workers tested, was published regularly and I hope that the Scottish Government starts doing just that, on a more regular basis.”

 

WORLD WAR TWO VETERAN CELEBRATES 97TH BIRTHDAY ON VE DAY

World War Two Veteran Donald Morrison. From Harris celebrated his 97th birthday on Friday, sharing his special day with Victory in Europe Day.

Donald Morrison born in 1923, joined the ship Empire Diplomat at Kyle of Lochalsh during World War Two in 1942.

Donald and his wife Mary, have five children, three grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Donald still managed to celebrate his 97th birthday in style despite the current restrictions.