Isles FM News in association with Hebrides News - Friday 19th June 2020

FACE COVERING MANDATORY FROM MONDAY ON ALL PUBLIC TRANSPORT

Following the First Minister’s announcement this week for phase two of the Route Map out of Lockdown, face coverings will become mandatory on public transport from Monday 22 June, this is as part of travel operators’ preparations for progress towards recovery and to reduce the risk of transmission.

The rule applies to passengers in taxis, buses, ferries, planes and trains. Passengers can use “simple coverings” such as scarves or bandanas rather than medical masks.

Transport Secretary Michael Matheson stressed the importance of the new rules and that by wearing a face covering, everyone is engaged in a collective responsibility, to reduce the risk of transmission.

 

COMHAIRLE & NHS WESTERN ISLES THANKS ISLAND BUSINESSES

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar and NHS Western Isles have expressed their gratitude to island businesses for ensuring that physical distancing has been observed during the fight against COVID- 19.
Gordon Jamieson, NHS Western Isles Chief Executive, said:

“Physical distancing has been at the centre of our approach to suppressing the emergence of coronavirus. I acknowledge and commend local retailers and businesses for their immediate and ongoing support. The contribution they have made has been mission critical, in protecting each other, our communities, the NHS and in saving lives, and I would like to thank them most sincerely.”

 

ARMED FORCES DAY FLAG RAISING EVENT

The Armed Forces Day Flag Raising Event will take place at Perceval Square, Stornoway, at 10am on Monday 22nd June.
Comhairle Convener, Cllr Norman A MacDonald, said:

“Although this year’s events will be slightly different to previous years, it is very important that we remember those, who are currently serving in the forces and those who gave their lives for the freedom that we enjoy today.”

The event will be streamed live on the Comhairle nan Eilean Siar Facebook page.

 

FUNDING SUCCESS FOR PAIRC PLAYGROUP

Pairc Playgroup has been awarded £96,940 to help expand childcare provision, through the Aspiring Communities Fund. The project will support out-of-school and holiday club childcare all year round and also include funded places.

The playgroup supports geographically remote, socially-isolated children and families, who have limited access to facilities, to engage with out-of-school activities.

Pairc Playgroup lays heavy emphasis on outdoor play and physically active fresh air activities, making a huge difference when it comes to ensuring that facilities are safe for children to use, without becoming exposed to possible infection.

From August, the group plan to offer weekly forest days at the Laxay Showground and Laxay Woodland. A number of families have already signed up for the Pairc Playgroup’s Forest Days.

 

SCOTTISH AGRICULTURAL SHOW ONLINE

Current restrictions, having resulted in the cancellation of island Agricultural shows, has prompted interest in the online Scottish Agriculture Show.

The Courier and The Press and Journal, have partnered with the Royal Highland Show and sponsors EQ Accountants, to present Scotland’s first ever, online show over the weekend of July 3-4.

Visitors to the dedicated website are invited to visit the food and drink tents, where demonstrations will showcase the best produce Scotland has to offer.

There will be a vintage farm machinery competition, dog show, horse show, baking competition, livestock and young handler competition
The Scottish Agriculture Show judges have created specific videos, showing what they will be looking for to help you create your film entry for the competitions.

Entry forms are on Scottishagriculturalshow.co.uk and each entry requires a £5 donation, in support of the Royal Highland Education Trust charity.