Didier and Valerie first came to Shetland for a visit 30 years ago. They have returned many times since, both for holidays and work. Now they have made the move and talk to podcast host Marjolein about this, and their new business, the cafe, C’est La Vie on Commercial Street.
NHS chief highlights difficulties behind entry testing proposals for Covid
Questions remain over plans to introduce Covid testing at points of entry to the isles.
Chief executive of NHS Shetland Michael Dickson has questioned the logistics behind the move, which has been championed by isles MSP Beatrice Wishart.
It follows an assurance on Friday from the Scottish government that it would support the measure.
Mr Dickson said: “We appreciate the community feels strongly that testing should be available at points of entry and exit into the island communities and we welcome the political commitment to support this.
“At this very early stage the logistics of how this will be done need to be worked out and discussed.
• Who would carry out the testing?
• Where would this take place, as proposals would require multiple health boards and transport companies?
• How would positive cases be managed and isolated?
• Would this apply to all entry and exiting individuals, including freight and fishermen?
• How would we manage travellers who decline a test?
“All of this must be discussed before firm proposals can be submitted to the Scottish government for consideration.
“This is not as simple as some may portray. If it is to be introduced, it must work well so the public can have confidence in it.
“And, if the Scottish government introduced mandatory testing, it would require a multi-agency partnership across the islands and mainland agencies.”
Council leader Steven Coutts said any testing strategy should be developed by NHS Shetland as “lead agency”.
He added the council would “assist with the operational delivery and logistics where such support is needed”.
“For example, we did this with the mass testing at Gilbertson Park and are continuing to do this with the vaccine programme.”
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Museum in Lerwick to reopen after Covid shutdown
Shetland Amenity Trust has decided to reopen the Shetland Museum and Archives tomorrow (Tuesday).
The trust said the decision had been taken after careful consideration of government guidelines and recent statements from NHS Shetland concerning the likely course of Covid-19 locally.
Entry will be allowed for only pre-booked individuals and groups with a range of social distancing measures in place.
The number of visitors allowed into the building at one time has been restricted to ensure social distancing between groups in line with the successful precautions adopted during the last return from lockdown.
Amenity trust interim chief executive Sandy Middleton said: “We are really excited to be welcoming visitors back to both the Shetland Museum and Archives and to provide somewhere for people to visit after such a long period of restrictions.
“The safety and comfort of our staff and visitors is our top priority. We’ve been working hard to review all the necessary precautions are in place including pre-booked tickets, restricted visitor numbers, enhanced cleaning, sneeze screens, hand sanitising stations and one-way routes in certain areas.
“The feedback we’ve received from visitors when we reopened last year was really positive, and we were pleased to hear that people enjoyed their experience with us and felt safe. We feel confident that we will be able to offer the same level of service and safety this year.”
Ms Middleton said the re-opening plan had been created to be flexible and ready to adapt if the need arise; either as a result of further guidance from the government, or because of things learned during the early stages of re-opening.
Visitors are asked to book online or by telephone, in order for staff to manage numbers.
Plans were also well under way for the annual opening of Sumburgh Lighthouse for, hopefully, a full summer season, Ms Middleton added.
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Scotland marks one year since first Covid case
Scotland has marked one year since the first confirmed case of coronavirus was recorded.
Health secretary Jeane Freeman said the country’s lives had been “turned upside down” since the first case was recorded on 1st March 2020.
Ms Freeman reflected on the one year anniversary during the daily government Covid update.
“The last 12 months have brought grief and heart-break,” she said.
“The forced separation from families and friends has been, and is, hard to endure.”
She told health workers that the “entire country is grateful for everything you have done” during the pandemic.
Ms Freeman also spoke about the discovery of the Brazilian Covid variant in the country.
The health secretary she there was “no reason to believe” that the variant was in circulation, after three airline passengers were found to have tested positive for the P1 strain.
The government had done “everything we can” to ensure contacts had been traced, she said.
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