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Coronavirus / Bairns music festival and radio event scuppered by Covid-19

THE SCHOOLS’ music festival that was to have been held next week has been cancelled, it has been confirmed.

The festival, to be held between Monday and Thursday at Mareel to “celebrate the musical talent of our young folk in Shetland” is the latest victim of the coronavirus.

A statement from Shetland Islands Council said that it had been cancelled due to concerns about the coronavirus outbreak in Shetland.

The BBC have decided to postpone their ‘Any Questions’ event to be held at Shetland Museum and Archives until later in the year.

The event was due to be held on Friday 13 March. Shetland Museum will be in touch with ticket holders in due course to advise of the BBC’s future plans.

The SIC has no plans to close schools, a spokesman said on Thursday. He added that the council had “robust business continuity plans” for each service to allow them to procede with as little disruption as possible.

It is understood that the council will follow the lead from Westminster on school closures.

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon today said that schools and colleges should remain open but recommended cancelling “mass gatherings” of 500 people or more.

Schools in Ireland are meanwhile to close from 6pm tonight to 29 March, with restrictions placed on public transport. There were 61 cases on the island as of this morning.

Information on coronavirus can be found on the NHS Inform website.