Scottish Liberal Democrat candidate Beatrice Wishart has today written to the First Minister to seek urgent clarity from the Scottish Government over the lifting of COVID restrictions for island communities.
The letter comes as island communities have been left in the dark about the lifting of restrictions in comparison to people on Mainland Scotland who have had over a month to prepare for the lifting of restrictions.
In the letter, Ms Wishart wrote:
“It is now almost a month since the easing of COVID-19 restrictions was announced for areas currently in Level 4 measures. No such indication has been provided for the islands of Shetland and Orkney which are in Level 3.
“People here are frustrated at the lack of clarity from the Scottish Government. There has been no signal, despite the ending of a consultation process two weeks ago, of the route that will lead to the easing of measures in the Northern Isles. As a consequence island businesses, unlike their counterparts on Mainland Scotland, are unable to make plans for the weeks and months ahead, and this is impacting especially on those for whom logistical supply challenges already exist.
“I would be pleased to learn in early course when there will be an indication from government on the pathway for the Northern Isles out of current measures.”