Different areas have different levels of exposure risk. The exposure risk on the mainland is higher than the exposure risk on the Isle of Mull, which is only a short ferry-crossing away.

Lockstep measures suggest all areas be treated the same.

For the Isle of Mull, lockstep would mean INCREASING our level of exposure risk. What kind of craziness is that??

If you insist on measures being in 'lockstep', then surely common sense dictates that we slow the pace to synchronise with the slowest to emerge.... not insist that that the slower speed up their rate of emergence to match others more advanced.

LOCKSTEP means rushing the relaxation of restrictions for many. It's catastrophe waiting in the wings.

All our efforts on Mull would have been for nothing.

Why the contribution is important

It focuses attention on THE most important factor; reducing the risk of loss of life.

by tobermoryisleofmull on May 10, 2020 at 08:38AM

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  • Posted by AlJones May 10, 2020 at 10:22

    As an islander, I support islands (on an individual basis) being treated differently. But islands in many ways are less vulnerable to spread. It is much easier to take measures to prevent spread without continuing restrictions. It will reach all islands at some point and, at the moment, there are additional resources in place for medical evacuation so, arguably, we are safer. A lot of the more vulnerable residents were in a form of self-isolation before this and will remain so after. On my island, the age group that are considered to be vulnerable chose, as is their right, to have a big lunch together before the lockdown but while social distancing was expected.

    A large % of over 80s are surviving the virus and a lot of ‘vulnerable’ are also surviving. There is little evidence to suggest that our elderly population are doomed if it eats here.

    I would propose opening up the islands before we do more harm to the population by making the islands less sustainable.
  • Posted by DotStewart May 11, 2020 at 21:53

    We cannot stay in lockdown for ever and there and there are huge risks in attempting to isolate or quarantine islands from the rest of Scotland. I personally do believe that the easing of lockdown will necessarily be at a slow pace and I feel strongly that those of us who live on islands should move at the same pace.
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