Comment on 13th January update from the First Minister


Categories: Coronavirus (COVID-19), Local Business, SNP Scottish Government

Commenting, Bruce Crawford MSP said:

‘These are more unwelcome but necessary measures that have to be put in place to keep people safe. Right now, we are in lockdown, and everyone is being asked to stay at home unless it’s for essential purposes – it therefore wouldn’t make sense if non-essential retailers or takeaways were able to continue to welcome people onto their premises at a time when the prevalence of the virus is at higher levels.

‘I want to see businesses in the areas resume at least some level of service as soon as possible, but that cannot be the case until it is safe to do so. Right now, we need to focus on keeping ourselves and each other save, saving lives, and preventing our NHS from being overrun.’

Alyn Smith MP said:

‘Whilst this is unwelcome, it is for a necessary purpose that the number of places that people can be around other households in enclosed spaces are reduced. The rollout of the vaccine is continuing and providing real protection for people – but this will take time and we are not out of the woods yet on this.

‘Earlier in the week, the Scottish Government announced a new top-up grant for retail and hospitality businesses – this will go some way in helping with the strain that a severe reduction in trade is having on local businesses. As always, myself, Bruce Crawford, and the team at the Council will do everything we can to offer assistance to businesses and people.’


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