The first definite change attributed to the new COVID-19 restrictions which come into force today (Wednesday 23 September) is one of the new initiatives created to try and bring economic activity back to Harris.

The seafood and local produce market, which was to be held outside the Isle of Harris distillery in Tarbert this Saturday, has been cancelled.

Organisers said this morning: “Unfortunately, in light of the new stricter Covid regulations we have decided to postpone our first pop-up market which was due to take place this Saturday 26 September.

“We hope it will be possible to run a Saturday market at some point in the future so do keep an eye out for any updates. For now, take care and stay safe.”

The market was planned around existing COVID regulations which have led to the distillery’s shop and café remaining closed, despite a partially-revived tourist season.

It was hoped to put locally-caught seafood, home grown vegetables, jams and pickles, chocolate and fresh eggs in front of both island-dwellers and visitors as a trial event.

Picture: Local producers had hoped to attract business with seafood and other produce (Isle of Harris Distillers Ltd).