Scottish Liberal Democrat candidate for Shetland, Beatrice Wishart, has today welcomed the Scottish Government announcement that lateral flow tests are to be made universally available ahead of the opening up of travel to and from island communities.
The First Minister made the announcement today during the weekly coronavirus briefing.
Ms Wishart, who has been calling on the Scottish Government to introduce testing at entry points for many months, has welcomed the news but has stated disappointment at the delay by SNP Ministers in making tests freely available.
Commenting, Mr Wishart said:
"Evidence has consistently shown the importance of widespread and regular testing has at adding a layer of protection for communities. It is for that reason I have been calling for it to be introduced but it is regrettable that the roll-out of this in Scotland has been frustratingly slow.
"I have been making the case, along with my Northern Isles colleagues, Liam McArthur and Alistair Carmichael, for such testing to be introduced for travel to and from our islands. An opportunity was missed to do this ahead of any wider easing of restrictions.
"Nevertheless, I welcome the news that these tests will now be made freely available and hope that the public will take the tests. As we ease travel restrictions and more parts of our economy prepare to re-open, it is vital that we continue to be as safe as possible so that we never have to return to the days of lockdown. The key to that lies in what we each do individually alongside the greater use of testing.”