Shetland MSP, Scottish Liberal Democrat Beatrice Wishart, today questioned the First Minister to ensure safety this summer as domestic travellers visit rural and islands communities. Reports expect substantial amounts of visitors on ‘staycations’.
Covid-19 levels have been rising across Scotland. Between 23rd May and 23rd June the 7 day moving average of positive Covid-19 cases in Scotland rose from 364.9 to 1,235.4. There are fears that travel will increase the spread of the new delta variant.
Ms Wishart and fellow Northern Isles representatives previously called for testing to be in place before travel to island communities. The Scottish Government did not implement testing for travel to the islands.
After the question period Ms Wishart said:
‘Cases of Covid-19 are again increasing across Scotland. The vaccination programme continues to reduce the number of deaths and hospitalisations but even with both doses you can still transmit the virus.
‘I look forward to welcoming visitors on ‘staycations’ to Shetland. It will good for hospitality and the associated sectors, but we must do this in the safest way possible.
‘Testing is a really easy way to break Covid-19 transmission. Free test kits are available to everyone in Scotland and I would urge anyone to test before they travel.’
Notes to editors
Covid-19 figures from Public Health Scotland and can be seen here.
You can find the full exchange between Ms Wishart and the First Minister here.