Signs urge Seil non-residents to stay away

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Signs have gone up on Seil urging visitors to stay away.

Seil and Easdale Community Council made the decision to put up the notices on Monday after getting advice from Argyll and Bute Council.

Worried residents had expressed concerns about numbers of visitors over the weekend and people using the ferries to get to Luing and Easdale.

After the lockdown, those ferries are now restricted for essential travel only with some special late and early bookable services reserved for key workers only.

The signs still up are headed STOP, COVID-19 Is In This Area.

They go on to plead for visitors’ safety and that of the community, saying ‘do not come to Seil unless your visit is essential.

‘Having the extra burden of numerous visitors to the area is not going to help us or our community. Thank you for your co-operation.’

Julie Ferris, who leads the community council, praised the tens of volunteers who are helping deliver food to those who are self-isolating.

Deliveries are being collected from Balvicar Stores, co-ordinated by Wendy Dugdale who is also a credit to Seil, said Mrs Ferris.

On neighbouring Luing, more volunteers are helping take supplies to doorsteps from the island store. The shop has now reduced its opening times and is asking people to put in orders over the phone or email rather than call in as part of the effort to beat coronavirus.

A COVID-19 planning group has been set up with representatives from the community council, island trust and other organisations.

The group is putting out useful advice to residents, including how to safely receive post. They are advising not to touch envelopes for 24 hours if possible.