Comhairle nan Eilean Siar continues to utilise radio coverage, TV, social media, press releases, websites and various other means to communicate with the residents of the Western Isles. However, the importance of verbal messaging cannot be understated in getting messages to people throughout – what we all recognise to be – a resilient community. This is particularly the case for neighbours and family members who may not be online.
The Comhairle is therefore encouraging communities to assist both the Comhairle and NHS Western Isles in passing on key COVID-19 messages to elderly and vulnerable people using safe means such as telephone, e-mail and social media.
A spokesperson said: “Clarification can be given today that there are no plans from the Comhairle for a leaflet distribution throughout the Western Isles. Any leaflets would not only be expensive to produce but could very quickly be out of date and would – importantly – also present an additional and unnecessary risk by increasing door to door delivery.
In line with Scottish Government advice: “Should you receive any leaflets through your letterbox, you should ensure that you thoroughly wash your hands after handling.”
“If anyone needs help or support, there is a helpline open from Monday to Friday 9am-5pm - 01851 600 501.”