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OIC News archive from March 2020
Covid-19 – OLECG meets 31 March 2020

Orkney Local Emergency Co-ordination Group (OLECG) met today in response to the latest developments in the coronavirus pandemic.

31 March 2020
New refuse collection day for Hoy

Due to the changes to ferry timetables, refuse collections in Hoy have now been scheduled for Wednesdays, with the first collection being tomorrow – 01 April 2020.

31 March 2020
Protecting children during the COVID-19 coronavirus public health emergency

Orkney Public Protection Chief Officer’s Group are urging everyone to keep their eyes and ears open for children who may be at risk of harm, abuse or neglect during the COVID-19 coronavirus public health emergency. It’s now more important than ever for members of the public to speak up if they’re concerned about a child or children.

31 March 2020
Covid-19 - business discussions underway

Representatives from a broad range of business sectors have begun discussions with Orkney’s newly established Economic and Business Response and Recovery Group on the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

27 March 2020
Covid-19 - Orkney Coronavirus Community Support Hub

A call centre to provide essential information and support to the most vulnerable people in Orkney has been established which will open formally on Monday.

The NHS is notifying all those most at risk – and for whom the new service is aimed at - by letter.

27 March 2020
Covid-19 - Key Workers

Following recent measures put in place by the UK and Scottish Government in response to the coronavirus pandemic, Orkney Islands Council has clarified the categories of ‘key workers’ required to support essential services locally.

27 March 2020
Covid-19 - Appeal for Staff

Are you out of work, recently retired, or can you spare even a couple of hours a week? Orkney Islands Council is looking at ways to staff vital service areas in response to the Covid-19 outbreak and one of the options will be offering additional short-term employment.

27 March 2020
Covid-19 – public toilets

Public toilets and pier waiting rooms across the Mainland and the isles are being closed as part of Orkney Islands Council’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.

25 March 2020
Covid-19 – business support grants

Businesses can now apply for grants to help them deal with the impact of the coronavirus outbreak.

25 March 2020
Covid-19 – Revised Bus Timetables

Orkney Islands Council are advising that as of Thursday, 26 March, new revised public bus timetables will come into effect until further notice.

25 March 2020
Covid-19 - care homes update

Visiting can no longer take place at care homes operated by Orkney Health and Care in response to the strengthening of nationwide measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

24 March 2020
Covid-19 – Council providing only key services

Orkney Islands Council is now focusing its efforts on the most essential services the local community requires – after the UK and Scottish Governments announced stringent new measures to tackle the coronavirus pandemic.

24 March 2020
Covid-19 – OLECG meets

Orkney Local Emergency Co-ordination Group (OLECG) met virtually today in response to the latest developments in the coronavirus pandemic - with representatives involved from all key agencies across the county.

24 March 2020
Covid-19 - Building Standards

Following advice from our Executive Director and Head of Service I have to inform you that the Orkney Islands Council - Building Standards service has been temporarily suspended until the current COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted, or alternative measures have been implemented to allow staff to undertake work from home.

24 March 2020
Covid-19 - Housing repairs

Orkney Islands Council’s Housing Service is advising that due to the current COVID-19 situation and recent guidance for contractors, only emergency repairs will be carried out within their houses – for example internal power failure or leak.

24 March 2020
Covid-19 – update on key worker childcare and free school meals

Orkney Islands Council continues to take steps to ensure childcare is provided in schools and nurseries for the children of key workers.

23 March 2020
Covid-19 – Recycling Centres and waste services current guidance

The five Recycling Centres in Orkney – at Hatston, Garson, Cursiter, St Margaret’s Hope and Bossack – remain open as normal at present.

23 March 2020
Additional support planned for the most vulnerable

Following the announcement earlier this afternoon that the Scottish Government has requested all local authorities to take extra steps to support the most vulnerable in our community, Council officers have swung into action this afternoon to get this up and running.

22 March 2020
Key worker childcare arrangements in place

Over the weekend, Orkney Islands Council’s education staff have responded to 250 applications for childcare for key workers' children and young people under the age of 16.

22 March 2020
Coronavirus - Care Homes, Supported Accommodation and Home Care

Visiting restrictions to our Care Homes are now in place following guidance from Scottish Government and Health Protection Scotland to help delay the spread of COVID-19.

20 March 2020
Covid-19 – Economic and Business Response and Recovery Group

Orkney Islands Council, Business Gateway Orkney and other partner agencies have established an Economic and Business Response and Recovery Group.

20 March 2020
Coronavirus: Information for Council Tax payers

With recent developments in the coronavirus outbreak, we understand that many Council Tax payers may be worried about the bills for the new financial year that we recently issued.

20 March 2020
MyOrkney - a new way to contact us about our services

Orkney Islands Council has launched a new online platform which will make it easier to get in touch, make online payments and to report and track issues and requests.

20 March 2020
Covid-19 – school and nursery closures

The Council has responded to the announcement from the Scottish Government that schools and local authority nurseries will close from Friday afternoon (20 March).

20 March 2020
Coronavirus – range of facilities to close

Leisure, cultural and library facilities in Orkney will close to the public later this week as part of efforts to help prevent infection by the coronavirus.

19 March 2020
Covid-19 – school closures

Following yesterday's announcement on school closures by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, the Council is awaiting clarification from the Scottish Government on the detail behind this.

19 March 2020
John Street Retaining Wall Repair

A contractor has been appointed and work will begin shortly to start repairs to a damaged section of wall in Stromness.

18 March 2020
Covid-19 preparations

Detailed planning has taken place over recent weeks to ensure the Council can respond as effectively as possible in the event of Covid-19 cases in Orkney.

17 March 2020
Road works in the Hope

From Monday 16 March, Orkney Islands Council will be carrying out carriageway repairs and resurfacing on the Ontoft Road, from Cromarty Square to the Pier Road, in St Margaret’s Hope.

13 March 2020
Owners of viewpoint bench sought

Orkney Islands Council is seeking to get in touch with the owners of a memorial bench at the Downies Lane viewpoint in Stromness.

11 March 2020
Barriers survey launched

People in Orkney are being asked for their views on options the Council might consider in response to wave over-topping at the second Churchill Barrier.

11 March 2020
Public events for Hoy wind turbines proposal

Orkney Islands Council is to present revised plans for a seven-turbine wind farm in Hoy to the public later this month to allow folk to provide input in advance of a planning application being submitted later this year.

10 March 2020
Coronavirus information

Advice on Covid-19 and the Coronavirus.

09 March 2020
Flooding protection options for St Margaret’s Hope

Orkney Islands Council say work is ongoing to find solutions to reduce the risk of flooding within St Margaret’s Hope.

09 March 2020
Met Mast Installation to Get Underway at Quanterness and Hoy

Work to install 'met masts' at two of the sites being considered as part of 'Orkney's Community Wind Farm Project’ is due to get underway shortly.

09 March 2020
Odin of Scapa launched

 The first of the Orkney Islands Council two new tugs – Odin of Scapa – was launched at the end of February at the Sanmar Shipyard at Altinova in Turkey.

06 March 2020
Supplementary Guidance consultation opens.

Orkney Islands Council are inviting comments on their planning document - Supplementary Guidance: Housing in the Countryside.

05 March 2020
Seminar could open up opportunities for business growth between Orkney and Japan

An exciting opportunity has arisen for businesses in Orkney to attend a free seminar for those interested in global market growth, particularly between the UK and Japan.

04 March 2020
Budget for year ahead agreed

Elected Members have agreed Orkney Islands Council’s budget for the next financial year.

04 March 2020
Replacement ferry purchase moves ahead

Orkney Islands Council is set to purchase a vessel to replace the aging ferry MV Golden Mariana.

03 March 2020

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