Isles MSP responds to First Ministers Covid-19 statement

Scottish Liberal Democrat and Shetland MSP, Beatrice Wishart, has responded to the First Minster’s weekly statement in which updated guidance was outlined due to a rise in cases of the Covid-19 Omicron variant.

Amended regulations will become a legal requirement for businesses and those providing services. Measures are designed to be reasonably practicable to minimise the risk of transmission. Guidance for different sectors will be issued next week. The First Minister outlined some such measures including:

  • Physical distancing
  • Measures to control customer flows
  • Protective screens
  • Working from home for all those who did so at the start of the pandemic

New advice to try to limit the number of households represented when socialising to a maximum of three, and continuing advice to limit household mixing and testing before interactions with other households, was also announced.

This follows large demand locally for Lateral Flow Tests (LFTs) at the start of the week. The online portal to order tests showed that none were available in Shetland. On Tuesday, after the First Minister’s statement, the website still showed no LFTs were available in Shetland.

After enquiring with NHS Shetland about the availability of LFTs, Ms Wishart was assured testing kits were available for collection from the Test & Protect Office at Greenhead Base. Ms Wishart had raised the potential of LFT shortages with NHS Shetland three weeks ago.

After the Fist Minister’s statement Ms Wishart said:

“With little knowledge about effects of the Omicron variant it is important that we do more of what we know works to stop the spread of Covid-19 in general.

“We are not being asked to return to how we had been living at the start of the pandemic and, while challenging, these measures are not as strict to live by.

“I have been testing regularly, especially when travelling to and from the Parliament and tests don’t take long to help ensure the safety of those around you.

“I hope that action now, combined with the increased vaccination campaign, will ensure the Christmas period does not require further additional measures to help curb the spread of the virus.”



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