The change.org petition is being swamped by supporters wanting the ferry operator to reserve just a few spaces each day on its vessels for islanders finding themselves in need of an unexpected vital trip.
With good weather forecast this weekend and the relaxing of some lockdown rules, CalMac expects an increase in people trying to travel, particularly to islands in the Clyde.
The COVID-19 emergency has forced ferry operator CalMac to defer its 2020 intake of Modern Apprentices (MAs).
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Islanders will be allowed to make trips to the mainland for supplies and essential business while those who are currently visiting the islands will be allowed to return.