PUBLIC TRANSPORT BUS SERVICES
Phase 2 of public bus services, begins in the Western Isles today. Moving to Phase 2 provides increased services, but capacity remains significantly limited, to allow for physical distancing. During this time, travel at peak times is still to be discouraged, unless travelling to and from work.
The services currently being provided for key workers, is now integrated with the new services. In order to manage safe numbers, passengers wishing to use the Phase 2 public bus services, will be required to book a seat for the majority of services.
Timetables and contact details for local bus operators, are available on the Comhairle website. Face coverings are now compulsory, on any form of public transport and passengers will only be permitted, to travel on public transport if they are wearing appropriate face covering.
Read more: Isles FM News in association with Hebrides News - Wednesday 1st July 2020
CORONAVIRUS BUSINESS SUPPORT SCHEME
The Scottish Government’s, Coronavirus Business Support Scheme, has paid out nearly £8 million to businesses in the Western Isles. The government has brought forward the deadline for submission of applications to 10 July 2020.
Eligible businesses must ensure that applications are submitted before this date.
The 3 categories of grant are aimed at supporting businesses, through protecting jobs, preventing closure and assisting with recovery:
Small Business – grants of up to £10,000 are available to businesses in receipt of specific categories of rates relief.
Retail, Hospitality and Leisure – grants of up to £25,000 for businesses with properties in these sectors and with Rateable Values in a specified range.
A recent change to the scheme has extended the grants to tenants of ratepayers of business properties, where they can show that a lease is in place, staff are employed and that they have a business bank account.
Read more: Isles FM News in association with Hebrides News - Tuesday 30th June 2020