Mull’s Sunday ferry cancelled for COVID

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COVID-19 has cancelled the Sunday ferry service to Mull.

The decision affecting the Craignure route was made jointly between CalMac and the island community as people start to heed the message not to travel.

Last week CalMac revealed it had stopped 66 passengers since lockdown trying to reach the islands it serves.

A CalMac spokesman said he was not aware of any more passengers having to be turned away more recently.

He said: ‘People seem to be heeding the message not to travel. The number of passengers were so few on a Sunday we raised it with the community and they were in agreement to cancel.’

Mull councillor Mary-Jean Devon said: ‘Our biggest threat here was someone coming off the ferry with the virus.’

In mid-February Mull set up its own crisis management group ready to tackle coronavirus if it reached the island with its population of 2,800 people.

Councillor Devon said: ‘We are looking at all ways of deterring people from coming to Mull at this time, of course we’ll welcome people back when it is safe for everybody. Until then we will take all the precautions we can to protect the people living here who are working so hard to stay well and safe.

‘People can still get off the island on a Sunday, there are still options. There is the Lochaline service.

‘If the Craignure route on a Sunday is not being used by that many, then why would we put CalMac staff and islanders at extra risk of infection?

‘CalMac has assured us that they will restart the service as soon as it’s safe and we need it.’