Comhairle Services Update

Through the use of technology, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar’s COVID-19 Planning Group, continues to, and will continue to, meet on a regular basis to discuss safeguarding and protecting clients, services, members and employees throughout the Western Isles.

The following are updates on Comhairle run services.


All schools are closed for pupils. However, they remain open for the children of Key Workers enabling them to continue in their employment. We would encourage Key Workers to fill in the online registration form so that we can continue to provide necessary support. Please note that online applications will close temporarily at 5.00pm tonight to allow us to prepare records for Wednesday. Registration will re-open tomorrow morning at 8.00am.

Residential Care

Local Authority Care Homes continue to operate as normal other than the revised visitation policy. Families have all understood and accepted the reasons for the one named visitor policy. There are no current plans to change this policy.

Home Care

Both the Lewis and Harris Home Care Service and the Uist and Barra Home Care Service continue to operate under these challenging times. A number of staff have had to self-isolate for various reasons, which has presented challenges in service delivery across the Western Isles.

A significant number of families have assumed caring responsibilities which has gone a large way in alleviating the pressure on the Home Care Service. We are most grateful to these families for stepping at this critical time.  

In addition to this, the remaining Homecare Staff continue to work extremely hard in maintaining service delivery. We are also in the process of recruiting additional staff following a very positive response from the wider public in terms of our appeal to the public for help.


Having considered the extremely low number of bus users today and yesterday, and taking account of the number of businesses that have now closed – including most of the building trade – all bus services will cease from the end of today, Tuesday 24 March.  Key Workers requiring transport to their work should contact the Comhairle on 01851 600 501. The Stornoway Bus Station will also close as of tonight.

Public Toilets

All Comhairle related public toilets will be closed from tonight, Tuesday 24 March

Waste Household Recycling Centres

All Household Waste Recycling Centre are closed to the public. Bennadrove Landfill Site is also closed to the public. Only commercial and industrial waste collections are accepted at Bennadrove Landfill Site.

Refuse Collections

Residential and Commercial Refuse collections continue as per normal schedules.

All services are under constant review and subject to change. Any changes will be communicated through our media channels


Please stay tuned to all Comhairle media channels.

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