Health and wellbeing of islanders before profit

Monitor the spread of the virus once the lockdown measures are relaxed on the mainland before letting any visitors onto the islands - consider the islanders we are trapped here if the virus comes onto any one of the islands we have worked so very hard to keep ourselves safe - please don't undo all the hard work.

Why the contribution is important

It protects all islanders we have worked extremely hard to keep ourselves safe and well.

by austinburns on May 09, 2020 at 08:40PM

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  • Posted by Kirstymac74 May 09, 2020 at 20:55

    I really agree with this and feel the same way about small communities that have worked hard to keep themselves safe x
  • Posted by JLMBD May 09, 2020 at 21:41

    Agree, the same for communities all up the west coast that have no infections at the moment, they should be allowed to keep outsiders out of their area.
  • Posted by AlJones May 09, 2020 at 23:05

    A good economy protects health and well-being. A failing economy is evidenced to reduce life expectancy. Islands haven’t ‘protected’ themselves. Some of them were lucky, being more remote, that it didn’t reach them before lockdown started. Others aren’t publicised as having had it because no testing is being done unless the person is one of the very few who are ill enough to be taken to hospital. And it was Calmac and the Scottish Government that took the decision to restrict ferry travel. Islanders are no more deserving of being protected than the rest of the Scottish population.
  • Posted by AlexMD May 10, 2020 at 07:46

    No. If the islands don't open soon, there will be no islanders left - only retired folk from the mainland!
  • Posted by jennyw May 10, 2020 at 09:12

    I agree with Al Jones. Besides owners of second homes have every right to utilise their property, they pay for the privilege. I do think a distinction should be made for holiday let's or day trippers though.
  • Posted by JoanofArc May 10, 2020 at 12:22

    Don’t forget the aim is to eradicate the virus. Due to being islands the isles should do this before the mainland communities. To reintroduce visitors/second home owners before the mainland risk is deemed low would jeopardise that. Easing other restrictions on the islands could help the economy slightly (although this will not make up for the missing visitors).
  • Posted by Jay32 May 10, 2020 at 16:52

    Agree with JLMBD - we're trying to limit the spread of the virus and the overwhelming of our medical/care resources. Prioritising tourism/second home owners over the health of locals is immoral.
  • Posted by JoeReade May 10, 2020 at 18:19

    Hoping to 'keep the virus out' or 'stop' only sets us up for failure. It cannot be stopped. It can only be slowed, managed, and mitigated.
  • Posted by DotStewart May 11, 2020 at 21:32

    I agree that health and wellbeing should come before profit, but I don't agree that islands should be treated differently. The same criteria for decision making should be used across the whole of Scotland. I live on an island and don't see anyone wanting to put profit first, but I do see a lot of people concerned about wellbeing and their financial circumstances and thinking very hard to try and work out what they might be able to do safely as restrictions ease.
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