Comhairle nan Eilean Siar’s offices throughout the Western Isles will close to the public from this evening, Thursday 19 March, as part of the measures to reduce the risk of the spread of COVID-19.
A spokesperson said: “It is important to reiterate that these are precautionary measures which are being taken in order to follow Scottish Government guidelines.”
All Comhairle related information can be found at CnES Coronavirus (COVID-19)
MSP to hold telephone surgeries
Highlands and Islands MSP, Donald Cameron, has announced that he is to hold telephone consultations for constituents after cancelling his plans for surgeries.
Donald said that he had reluctantly decided to withdraw from holding surgeries as a result of the coronavirus epidemic.
Mr Cameron said: “I am very sorry to be taking this action as I have always found face-to-face meetings with my constituents the best way of understanding the issues affecting them so that I can help.
“However, I want to minimise the impact of no longer having surgeries, so I’m encouraging local people to contact my office so that I can organise meetings by phone.”
“Please give my team a call, or drop me a line, so that we can arrange a time which best suits.”
MSP closes office
Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MSP Alasdair Allan has taken the step of closing his Constituency Office in Stornoway in light of the Scottish Government guidance regarding the COVID-19 virus.
All staff are working from home and Alasdair and his team can still be contacted by telephone or email in the normal way.
Alasdair Allan MSP said; “Anyone passing my Stornoway office will see that it is closed. To explain, my staff are all still at work, but I have asked them all to work from home. The strong official advice is that people should do this wherever they have the option. There is no change to the phone number or email address by which my staff and I can be contacted.
“As things stand, I am still going to Edinburgh and back every week from my home in Lewis, and still meeting people locally by phone and online. We are however all being asked to cut down on face to face meetings where possible for the duration of the present coronavirus epidemic.
“People should continue to make use of me and get in touch about any matter I can help on. I hope people will understand that my staff and I have been a little overwhelmed by coronavirus-related enquiries over the last few days, but we will try to get back to everyone soon.
"People have very real concerns about what the current situation will mean for their families, their businesses and for the island economy, and I am seeking to follow up these issues for many constituents with both governments and other agencies.”
Isles MP constituency office – change to working arrangements
Due to the ongoing public health concerns regarding the COVID-19 virus, Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MP, Angus B MacNeil has asked his staff to work form home until further notice.
Angus MacNeil MP said: “We all have to adjust the way we live our day-to-day lives. It is important that we reduce the ways in which Coronavirus can spread and that is why I have asked my staff to work from home.