Scottish Liberal Democrat Northern Isles representatives have secured a meeting with the Scottish Government over the recent demands to look at the introduction of testing at island entry points.
Shetland’s MSP Beatrice Wishart has been calling on the Scottish Government to consider this additional safeguard alongside Northern Isles colleagues Liam McArthur MSP and Alistair Carmichael MP since December.
A meeting between the Scottish Government and the representatives to discuss the option is now scheduled to happen on Friday 26th February.
Commenting Ms Wishart said:
“It is good news that the Scottish Government has finally looked seriously at the proposal of testing.
“We are hearing this week how Scotland and the rest of the UK is going to emerge from lockdown. Businesses need recent progress to continue, so that we don’t have to revert to more damaging lockdowns in the future.
“As restrictions start to lift, that means finding new ways to keep prevalence low. Having a robust testing regime at the island entry points could help to ensure that Shetland can be both open and secure. This could help give confidence to those who want to travel safely, while adding a layer of reassurance for islanders who are ready to welcome them. It could be a critical safeguard in amongst a wider system.
“I hope the meeting with the Scottish Government will be the first step towards the introduction of a testing regime which adds that layer of protection.”