Following the announcement yesterday (Monday 23) by the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon that building sites in Scotland should close, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has decided to suspend construction activity on the Stornoway Primary School (Early Years Provision) and Lochmaddy Pier Improvement projects.

In addition, in collaboration with the Hebridean Housing Partnership, the Comhairle has decided to suspend activity on the Lewis Residential Care and Affordable Housing projects at Goathill, Stornoway.

There will be a reducing amount of activity at all the sites over the next few days as the respective Contractors and their supply chain put in place measures to protect incomplete and temporary works on and adjacent to the sites and to make and keep the sites safe and secure for the duration of the suspension.

Scotland has again moved faster than England towards a total lockdown by stopping construction work. UK Minister for the Cabinet Office Michael Gove has said that construction work should continue in England for the “economic health” of the nation.