Wishart comments on potential for island specific approach to lockdown rules


Commenting on the potential for an islands specific approach to lockdown restrictions, Shetland’s MSP Beatrice Wishart has said that plans must ensure that public safety is “always paramount”.

Ms Wishart and will soon meet with the Health Secretary Jeane Freeman and the National Clinical Director Jason Leitch alongside Orkney’s MSP Liam McArthur.

Commenting, Ms Wishart said:

“The islands are naturally separate, and have many unique points that need to be considered when pandemic restrictions are being drawn up.

“An islands approach may seem to make sense in some ways, but any divergence must be properly considered and well thought through so that public safety is always paramount.

“Liam McArthur and myself will meet with the Health Secretary and the National Clinical Director, and in that meeting I will be making those points clear. I look forward to hearing the Scottish Government’s response.”


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