Stirling Politicians Welcome Roadmap to Greater Normality

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

Evelyn Tweed MSP and Alyn Smith MP

Alyn Smith MP and Evelyn Tweed MSP have welcomed an announcement from First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, setting out Scotland’s revised route out of the pandemic back to greater normality.

The whole of Scotland will move to Level 0 on 19 July if all necessary vaccination and harm reduction measures are met.

Current levels will remain in place for the next three weeks with a review taking place on 13 July although some changes, such as minor relaxations to rules on events such as weddings and funerals will come into place on 28 June.

During a statement to Parliament, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon also confirmed that from 19 July physical distancing outdoors will be removed and physical distancing for indoor public areas will reduce to one metre if the data allows. Limits on outdoor gatherings will also be removed on this date given the reduced risk of outdoor transmission at this stage in the vaccination programme.

If the necessary conditions on vaccination and harm reduction continue to be met, all major remaining COVID restrictions will be lifted on 9 August.

Evelyn Tweed MSP said:

‘We’ve made such progress here in Stirling against the pandemic, and I’m extremely heartened that initial evidence suggests a weakening of the link between infection rates, hospitalisations and deaths. This announcement gives a firmer idea of our route down to Level 0, and ultimately out of the ‘Levels’ system altogether.

‘We must stay the course, and encourage as many people as possible to take up their vaccinations. This has been a trying 18 months for communities and businesses across Stirling, but the lifting of most restrictions is firmly in sight. Let’s remain vigilant and continue to do our bit to slow the spread.’

Alyn Smith MP said:

‘I’ve been immensely proud of the dedication and fortitude shown by communities and businesses in Stirling over this dreadful pandemic. Restrictions have tightened and loosed over the past year, but it really does seem the endgame could be within touching distance. The lifting of many remaining restrictions will signal a huge return to our new normal, and will be most welcome.

‘The vaccination milestones as set out by our First Minister are of course dependent on supply, but I know many businesses in Stirling will welcome the move to reduce physical distancing when safe to do so. We all must remain vigilant, continue to take basic hygienic measures such as frequent handwashing, and remember to continue regular testing to nip outbreaks in the bud, before the virus can regain a foothold.’

Notes:

The Scottish Government’s updated Strategic Framework Document can be found here: https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-scotlands-strategic-framework-update-june-2021/

The Scottish Government’s review on physical distancing measures can be found here: https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-review-physical-distancing-scotland-june-2021/