Responding to the Scottish Government’s announcement that Shetland will move to Level 1 from Monday May 17, Shetland’s MSP Beatrice Wishart commented:
“Today’s announcement will undoubtedly be welcome news. For many islanders, who have been living with low levels of the virus for months, this easing cannot come quickly enough.
“I know that it’s been a real source of frustration for many that strict restrictions have lingered on even despite the consistently low prevalence rate and the incredibly rapid vaccine roll-out.
“To finally be able to hug our loved ones will be a huge relief. It’s something that many of us won’t take for granted ever again.
“Looking ahead, the work for the recovery is only just beginning. With so many businesses on the edge and mental health really suffering, there needs to be openness about what support will look like during the recovery.
“While new freedoms will feel good, it will also be important to remember that many will feel anxious about restrictions easing. Islanders have been responsible throughout the pandemic, and it will be important to keep that vigilance mentality in the coming weeks and months.”