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Coronavirus / Covid situation leads to event postponements

A NUMBER of events in Shetland due to be held over the festive period have now been postponed due to the Covid situation.

While there are currently no restrictions prohibiting events as it stands, some local organisers have decided to pull the plug as concern rises nationally over the Omicron variant of Covid.

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Fleetwood Mac tribute band The Chain have cancelled their event at the Lerwick Legion on Friday (17 December).

Two sold-out gigs at the Gulberwick Hall have also been postponed: David Sandison and The Tennessee Wannabes on 18 December and First Foot Soldiers on 28 December.

The Lerwick Legion has also called off a New Year’s event.

The current advice from the Scottish Government is to reduce social contact on either side of Christmas.

If people are socialising, they are advised not to have more than three households in their group.

On Wednesday NHS Shetland confirmed the Omicron variant, which is more transmissible, had been detected in the isles.

On the same day the UK recorded a record number of new Covid cases.

Today’s (Thursday) Bookbug library session at Mareel was also called off.

Earlier today first minister Nicola Sturgeon said she was “profoundly concerned” about the quick spread of Omicron.

She said even if the variant is more mild when it comes to people’s individual health, the increase in case numbers is likely to lead to more hospitalisations and have an effect on the economy and public services through isolation.

Meanwhile for a third day in a row 11 new Covid cases have been confirmed in Shetland.

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