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Updated First minister announces tough new Covid-19 restrictions but no national lockdown
Community / Hame Fae Hame wins major government funding
Politics / UK government on SIC motion: ‘We will always be stronger together as one United Kingdom’
Coronavirus / Government gives more details on islands green recovery fund
Council / Extra money for town centre improvements
Politics / Wishart left disappointed by government programmeMSP keen to see more on broadband, Fair Isle ferry, fixed links and transport costs
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Council / Government takes bashing from councillors on ferry fundingSNP councillor Robbie McGregor says he will raise the issue with finance secretary Kate Forbes
Education / Expanded early learning programme now available across Shetland
Health / Islands patients ‘cut adrift’ from parts of health service
Council / SIC to receive funding for young people who have been in care
Letters / Lies, damned lies and statistics
Education / Funding announced for extra teachers and health protection measures in schools
Politics / Island councils secure £100 million government investment deal
Letters / ‘It’s breaking my heart’Back in April 2015, former vice chairman of Sustainable Shetland, James Mackenzie, was invited to give a presentation to a Planning Democracy event in Glasgow. Among other things, the conference explored options for a more equitable planning system, including the idea of equal rights of appeal to create a level playing field that allows communities the same rights as developers. Mackenzie has now submitted his presentation as a letter to Shetland News, saying “not much has changed since then [2015] except that SSE is now the sole owner of Viking Energy”.
Updated Scotland to continue with the two metre distance rule while wearing face masks in shops becomes compulsory
Education / Schools could re-open fully in mid-August if progress against virus continues
Community / Community council schemes intended to help those affected by coronavirus
News round-up / Chocolatier shop to close, Covid community support, Carers’ grant, Eddi Reader concert postponed
Marine / Additional help for inshore fishing sector
Transport / Most transport restrictions set to stay in place
First minister Nicola Sturgeon unveiling route map towards easing lockdownFirst phase of easing will begin on 28 May
Coronavirus / Community councils receive government grants in support of Covid-19 response
Coronavirus / SIC leader welcomes assurances over local government funding
Coronavirus / End of lockdown still weeks awayScottish Government publishes details of ‘careful and gradual’ changes to lockdown restrictions
Coronavirus / Government says there may be benefit in covering face in shops and on public transportThe number of positive Covid-19 test results in Shetland, meanwhile, remains at 54
Coronavirus / First minister sets out the ‘new normal’ and warns that social distancing and limiting our contacts with others will be a fact of life for a long time to come
Coronavirus / First minister ‘cautiously optimistic’ but economic emergency hits hard
Business / MSP backs shoe retailer over business grant frustration
Coronavirus / First minister urges public to stay at home over Easter
Coronavirus / Number of local Covid-19 cases rises to 36 as community is warned not to treat the lockdown as a holiday
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