Isles FM News in association with Hebrides News - Thursday 25th June 2020

ECONOMIC RECOVERY PLAN

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar have approved a Plan, to aid the recovery of the economy of the Outer Hebrides.

The Plan in partnership with Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), focuses on three key areas– a community recovery, a green recovery and a digital recovery. Under each of these themes a range of actions have been identified

The Recovery Plan sees collaboration with key sectors of the economy.A series of economic forums will be established to gather industry intelligence and to allow the private sector, to help influence and focus the direction of recovery efforts. A high-level Outer Hebrides wide economic forum is anticipated with forums in Barra, Uist and Harris to ensure recovery efforts are being prioritised across all the islands.

Cllr. Roddie MacKay, Leader of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, said:
The Comhairle and HIE have sought to be proactive in support of businesses by delivering the various Government support schemes and developing a local, tailored support package for any business, that may have been ineligible for the Government schemes”.

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Isles FM News in association with Hebrides News - Wednesday 24th June 2020

EVERYONE WITH SYMPTOMS URGED TO BOOK A TEST

NHS Western Isles is asking people to play their part in helping stop the spread of coronavirus, as information on the Test and Protect service is sent to households this week.

Test and Protect is the next important step in fighting coronavirus, and people across the country are being asked to take these necessary steps, to break the chains of transmission as lockdown restrictions slowly change.

As well as explaining how Test and Protect works, the leaflet provides information on how families and households can plan for being asked to isolate immediately, and the support that is available.

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Isles FM News in association with Hebrides News - Tuesday 23rd June 2020

EDUCATION LIVE Q+A – THURSDAY 25TH JUNE

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar will hold a live online discussion on Thursday, to discuss the measures for the safe return of pupils and staff to island schools in August

Education, Skills and Children’s Services staff, will hold this forum for pupils, parents, staff and members of the wider community at 1pm on Thursday

The stream will be broadcast on the Comhairle’s Facebook page and on the e-Sgoil website. Viewers will be able to submit questions in advance, by private messaging the Comhairle Facebook page or commenting on the live feed, during the livestream.

The focus of discussion will be the measures that the Comhairle, with assistance from a range of partner organisations, is taking, to prepare for the safe return of employees and pupils across the Western Isles over the coming months.

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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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