Isles FM News in association with Hebrides News - Monday 22nd June 2020

COVID-19: ROUTE MAP FOR WESTERN ISLES PUBLIC TRANSPORT

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar have announced preparations for Western Isles Transport, moving into Phase 2 of the Covid 19 route map.

It is intended that service changes to buses, will commence on Monday 29 June. Details of the available services and how to book will be issued on Wednesday.

This next phase will allow increased access to public bus services, while maintaining control of passenger numbers. This will be achieved by extending the scope of the current booking system, but also moving closer to a regular timetabled service.

National guidance has now made face coverings compulsory. From today, passengers will only be permitted to travel on public transport, if they are wearing appropriate face covering. Passengers will be expected to provide their own face coverings.

Face coverings will be required for all passengers booked on key worker transport from today. It is still important to maintain social distancing and other measures.

Travel on public transport should only be used for essential journeys. During Phase 2, workers will continue to be given priority on the services running at the start and end of the day. Requests for shopping or short distance leisure travel would be accommodated by the mid-morning/mid-afternoon services, which are less likely to have many travelling workers.


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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.

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Isles FM News in association with Hebrides News - Thursday 18th June 2020

PRIMULA CHEESE RECALLED

 

Primula Ltd is recalling all Primula Cheese tubes, as the product might be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum. This is due to a production fault. Primula Ltd have taken the precautionary step of recalling all products.

Point of sale notices will be displayed in all retail stores, selling Primula Cheese products. Notices explain to customers why the products are being recalled. Primula can be contacted on 0800 716 551 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to arrange a refund. Or the Primula Cheese item can be returned to the store, from where it was bought, for a full refund.

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Isles FM News in association with Hebrides News - Wednesday 17th June 2020

STORNOWAY MINISTER OPENS SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT SESSION

The session of the Scottish Parliament was opened with Time for Reflection by Rev James MacIver of Stornoway Free Church yesterday. Mr MacIver was invited to deliver Time for Reflection by Na h-Eileanan an Iar MSP Alasdair Allan.

Time for Reflection opens business in the Chamber of the Scottish Parliament, and is presented by invited speakers from different faith communities every week. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the address was delivered via video link.

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Isles FM News in association with Hebrides News - Tuesday 16th June 2020

PSYCHOLOGICAL AND SOCIAL WELLBEING IN THE WESTERN ISLES

NHS Western Isles has announced its commitment to give, effective psychological and social wellbeing help, to people living in the Western Isles. Services will offer support for anxiety, depression, long term health worries, loneliness or sleep difficulties.

NHS Western Isles, supported by the mPower team will be connecting and supporting people to use digital access to online services, which are helping many people across Scotland already.

Most of the services are based on the principle that difficulties, can be helped by considering how thoughts, feelings and behaviours are interlinked and can be gradually changed

Further information on Western Isles mPower team can be found online from Western Isles Mpower Health

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