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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
Updated Scalloway cafe given go-ahead to serve alcohol outdoors
Council / Opportunity for SIC to ‘build back better’ as isles move out of lockdown, councillors hear
Council / Town hall to welcome some councillors as meetings take ‘hybrid’ form
Transport / Card and contactless payments to be introduced on ferries
Coronavirus / Petition calls for quick turnaround time for all Covid-19 tests in case of second spike
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Community / Hotel staff ‘must now get the support they need’
Council / SIC may need to make ‘difficult decisions’ to maintain financial balance
Energy / Oil companies keen to cut emissions but are non-committal on energy hub
Updated Wind farm compound gets planning approval
Education / SIC to submit plan for reopening schoolsTransport a major factor in planning for return of schools, says education and families committee chairman George Smith
Community / Local phone support line set up for health and care workers during Covid-19 pandemic
Transport / Travelling on inter-island ferries to meet family outdoors now permitted, SIC confirms
Council / More home working a possibility for council
Council / SIC facing more than £1m in additional costs as coronavirus impacts financesThe council estimates it is on course to lose £1.6m in income over the space of four months
Council / SIC convener keen to see return of face-to-face council meetings
Council / Councillors’ salaries and expenses below half a million pounds
Health and social care budget rises by 10 per cent but warning made over Covid-19 impact
Energy / New road for Viking Energy construction traffic given go-ahead by planners
Council / Councillor disappointed SIC did not get to see lockdown exit proposals at ‘earliest opportunity’
Coronavirus / SIC leader ‘extremely cautious’ of isles leaving lockdown at different pace
Council / SIC looking to push UK and Scottish governments on islands deal decision
Council / Dump expected to reopen at start of June
Council / SIC awaiting guidance on whether dump can reopen
Coronavirus / SIC secures funding to help families access food
Coronavirus / SIC leader welcomes assurances over local government funding
Business / SIC wants further modifications to business support schemes
Council / SIC to ask for extra funding from government to cover ‘significant’ cost of coronavirus response
Education / Over 40 minutes to upload work – broadband speeds hamper online learning for children in rural areas
Community / Minute’s silence to be held on International Workers Memorial DaySIC convener ‘deeply humbled by the skill and compassion shown by all those working in health and care settings during this pandemic’
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