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A series of businesses in Harris have been hit by the impact of the recent Covid-19 cases on the Island.

Meanwhile, the latest update from NHS Western Isles Chief Executive Gordon Jamieson last night (Tuesday July 20) reported there were 5 new cases of COVID-19: 3 in Benbecula linked to an existing cluster, 1 linked to the existing cluster on Harris and 1 on Lewis.

Questions continue to be asked on Facebook about control of visitors; however, there is believed to be far more impact arising from Islanders returning from visits to the mainland.

Mr Jamieson said: "Please at this time of increasing numbers, redouble your efforts to prevent further spread.

"Remember FACTS and keep yourself and your community safe."

There is a vaccination clinic today in Stornoway. "Please do remember to attend if you have an appointment. If for any reason you are unable to attend please let us know - 0808 196 8383."

The impact of vaccinations is shown by the way the clusters of cases last year and in the winter, exploded to between 50 and 100 cases in a handful of days, whereas now they number in handfuls, despite the end to lockdown. 

In Harris, the Anchorage café in Leverburgh reported late on Monday: "Unfortunately, a member of staff at The Anchorage has tested positive for Covid-19.

"We have taken all the necessary actions and Test & Protect procedures (i.e contact tracing) are underway. We have discussed the situation with Environmental Health & the local Covid response team who have advised us to continue trading if other staff are continuing to test negatively.

"However, in order to reassure everyone that we are taking this seriously, and as part of our commitment to protect our community, we have taken the decision to close for the week so we can undertake a deep clean.

"We hope to open again on Tuesday 27th July but will keep you all informed as the week goes by."

Hotel Hebrides in Tarbert has been affected by the requirement for contacts to isolate. "We would like to reassure anyone who visited the hotel recently, and those planning to do so, that no members of staff have tested positive for COVID-19.

"We have members of staff who have been contacted by the COVID Response Team and told to self isolate as they have been in close contact with people who have since tested positive. All of these contacts were made outside the hotel.

"We have tested all members of staff, and will continue to do so regularly over the coming weeks.

"Unfortunately due to staff having to self isolate, we will not be serving Lunch this week, and Dinners will be available only for Hotel Residents and existing bookings. Mote bar will be open for hot and cold drinks from 5pm daily."
 
And Harris Taxis say: "We are not operating due to covid isolating for next ten days. Sorry for inconvenience."