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Education / ‘Soft start’ planned for return to school in AugustEducation and families committee chairman George Smith concedes there is ‘still so much uncertainty’ for officials and staff
Business / Questions over future of Cornerstone cafe as impact of coronavirus crisis continuesOwner Terry McCaffrey concedes he may have to make some ‘harsh decisions’ following months of closure during pandemic
Coronavirus / Outdoor wedding ceremonies with limited guests now allowed
Education / College merger ‘on track’, councillors told
Community / Increased interest in isles as place to live and work
Business / Yell diner to remain closed until next year due to knock-on effects of coronavirus pandemicIt comes after the coffee shop in the Shetland Museum and Archives decided to remain closed in 2020 as a result of a lack of summer trade
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Transport / Flights able to be used for visiting folk south
Transport / ‘Significant challenges’ remain on ferries as new Northern Isles contract kicks in
Business / Sella Ness accommodation owner responds to ‘save our hotels’ petitionMalthus Uniteam’s Ian Jamieson said it is ‘very sad news’ when a business has to close – but he believes the Sella Ness camp will be ‘crucial’ in the coming years
Community / Nesting and Girlsta Up Helly Aa postponed until 2022The festival’s committee also confirms the ‘use of racial stereotyping’ in squads is not acceptable
Business / More shops reopen for business as lockdown rules relaxRetailers welcome the chance to reopen after months of closure
Transport / Card and contactless payments to be introduced on ferries
Education / Merged college launch date now projected for next summer
Business / Unst space team pleased to see Sutherland project receive planning approval
Shetland Lives / ‘We just want to be treated equally and respectfully’One of the many folk who took part in the recent Shetland Staands wi Black Lives Matter event was 83-year-old William Hopkins from Bigton, who was raised in the US and was involved in civil rights marches. Here he and his daughter Yvette share what the movement means to them.
Community / Hotel staff ‘must now get the support they need’
Energy / Viking Energy focused on current plans as campaign group worried area around Scatsta could become ‘prime target’ for more turbines
Energy / Oil companies keen to cut emissions but are non-committal on energy hub
Transport / Watch: NorthLink freight ship runs aground on arrival into AberdeenThe ferry operator says there are no reported injuries or risk to the environment
Business / Coffee shop in museum won’t re-open this year as lack of summer trade makes cafe ‘unviable’Owner Emma Macdonald also wishes to focus time on councillor role as Shetland recovers from Covid-19 pandemic
Transport / Ferries can be used to visit friends as well as family, NorthLink confirms
Business / Moorfield Hotel to close with loss of nearly 50 jobsLocal councillor Emma Macdonald said it is “terrible news for the staff and whole of the North Mainland”
Transport / Physical distancing reduces capacity of north boats by 80 per cent
Community / Fundraiser leaves Hildasay to resume coastline walk after three-month island isolation
Transport / ‘Sad day for the North Mainland’ as final flight leaves Scatsta Airport
Updated Anti-racism protest walk held in Lerwick
Business / Reopening date for shops later than hoped but clarity welcomed
Community / Another business on the market in Scalloway but plan provides source of positivity
Excavations in Upper Scalloway garden to continue for ‘week or two’ moreAt least four ‘pretty complete’ skeletons believed to be from the 1400s have been found
Community / Dog photographer left feeling ‘sick’ after scammers sell images online
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