Comment on latest lockdown announcement

Commenting on the First Minister’s latest announcement on the easing of lockdown measures, Iain Gray MSP said:

“Much of the latest announcement will be warmly welcomed, including the reopening of some “non-essential” services like garden centres, barbers and hairdressers, gyms and hospitality next month. It points the way back towards the greater freedoms we have all been craving since the current lockdown began.

“However, as the First Minister highlighted, all of the dates for returning to a greater level of normality remain contingent on the infection rate staying low, which means all of us continuing to be sensible about following public health guidance.

“That said, this update certainly provides cause for some cautious hope and a degree of optimism about our route out of lockdown and towards the start of our path to recovery from the longer term impact of the pandemic.”