Isles FM News in association with Hebrides News - Tuesday 15th September 2020


Comhairle nan Eilean Siar’s Sport Facilities App has been downloaded more than 400 times since its release.

The app, available by searching “CnES - Sport Facilities” on Google Play or the Apple App Store can be downloaded for free to your phone.

Customers can book activities directly from the app, as well as find out all the latest reopening information as it happens.

Tony Wade, Sports Facilities Services Manager said:

‘It has been great to see such an uptake in use of the app. The app will mean we can keep all our customers up to date with facility news in real time, direct to their phone. All customers will need to do is enable ‘push notifications’ and they will get all our latest news, straight away.”

The App currently covers Ionad Spòrs Leòdhais but each of the other three Comhairle sports facilities will have a section added in the coming days.

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People are being urged to download the new Protect Scotland app to help suppress the spread of coronavirus.

The free app, available now on Apple and Google stores, will enhance existing Test and Protect contact tracing measures. The app quickly alerts those you have been in close contact with if you test positive, even if those contacts are unknown to you.

People’s privacy will be protected, as the app uses encrypted anonymised codes to determine close contacts, which are deleted after 14 days. It doesn’t store details on an individual, or their location.

NHS Western Isles Director of Public Health, Dr Maggie Watts, said:

‘The more people who download and use the app, the better it will work, helping make connections you may have otherwise missed. This will allow people to self-isolate far quicker if they are exposed to the virus, reducing the risk of them infecting others.

‘…We all have a part to play in suppressing the virus, and downloading the app, whilst following hygiene and distancing guidance will help protect you, your family and your community.’

Download the free app at and help protect yourself and your family against coronavirus.



According to figures from the UK Government, the “Eat Out to Help Out” discount scheme went gone down very well in the Western Isles with 9,000 meals claimed with a total discount of over fifty thousand pounds.

Highlands and Islands MSP Donald Cameron commented:

“I am delighted that so many people took advantage of the Chancellor’s scheme and that as many as 45 establishments participated.

“We all know that this has been a very challenging time for the hospitality industry so it is great news that local businesses have received this level of support.

“I very much hope that even though the scheme has ended, customers will continue to support their local restaurants and cafes which do so much to contribute to our worldwide reputation for hospitality.”