Local live music venue, The Sound Archive in Kirkwall, has received £10,870 in emergency funding from the Scottish Government’s Grassroots Music Venues Stabilisation Fund through Creative Scotland
“The restrictions focus on households and in the hospitality sector, as evidence shows that these are the sources of the highest number of new positive cases.”
The COVID-19 impact is compounded by the region’s vulnerability to Brexit – five of the six most vulnerable local authority areas to Brexit are in the Highlands and Islands
Today, 19th of September 2020, 350 new cases of the virus Covid19 were reported in Scotland. Sadly there were also 3 deaths of people who had tested positive.
“The ATMS programme will have social and economic implications for communities across the region. The primary impact will come from the loss of high-quality jobs from remote communities and centralise the economic benefits in Inverness.”
In May 2019 there were 22,100 Airbnb properties listed in Scotland but it is known that there are many more short term lets taking place.
This article interviews some people who shall be most impacted if BBC Scotland goes ahead and removes Scotland’s Daily Coronavirus updates.
“Being a small island nation has been an advantage” to be able to “think innovatively and be more flexible”. The Faroes used what they had and responded quickly taking their own independent decisions for their islands.
““The Islands Green Recovery Programme will stimulate new economic activity across our islands, helping businesses recover from the impacts of the pandemic and creating new, quality jobs. ” Paul Wheelhouse Scottish Government Minister for the Islands
“”The decisions we all make as individuals, still affect the safety and well-being of our communities.” Nicola Sturgeon