Local MP Responds to Stirling Move to Level 2 on Monday 17th May


Categories: Coronavirus (COVID-19), NHS Forth Valley, SNP Scottish Government

Stirling MP Alyn Smith has responded to the announcement from First Minister Nicola Sturgeon of a further relaxation of lockdown restrictions as of Monday 17 May.

Changes include 6 people from 3 households being allowed to meet in each other’s homes, further business venues (such as cinemas) being permitted to open, and hugging loved ones will be permitted from Monday. 

Alyn Smith MP said:

This has been a long lockdown for people and the relaxation of these rules will be most welcome. We’re where we are now because people have stuck by the rules, which has driven down the prevalence of the virus in our communities. In addition to this, the tremendous rollout of the vaccine programme by our NHS has given a layer of protection that we did not have last time we came out of lockdown. 

However, the virus does still exist and although cases are low, we must still be cautious. Wash your hands regularly, avoid crowded spaces, and wear a mask. Please make sure you get yourself tested if you think you have any of the Covid symptoms. 

However, with the relaxation of the rules I personally cannot wait to have the opportunity to hug my parents and close friends who, like the rest of us, I’ve been unable to for many months. I also look forward to visiting the many excellent businesses in the Stirling area that are reopening for the first time since last year, alongside newly-elected MSP Evelyn Tweed and re-elected MSP Keith Brown. 

This will still be a challenging time for these businesses, and as ever I will do what I can to assist and support.’ 


Scottish Government updates can be found here: www.gov.scot/news/next-steps-out-of-lockdown/