Iain welcomes campaign to ‘Stay Safe, Support Local, Love East Lothian’

As some more lockdown restrictions are eased and businesses start to re-open their doors, Iain Gray MSP has welcomed a new East Lothian Council campaign called ‘Stay Safe, Support Local, Love East Lothian’.

Scotland has now moved into the second phase of the ‘route map’ aimed at gradually easing the lockdown while continuing to suppress the virus, allowing shops of all sizes to open from 29 June as long as they have outdoor entrances and exits.

Indoor shopping centres will remain closed except for essential retailers such as supermarkets and pharmacists. It has been provisionally announced that self-catering accommodation will be permitted from 3 July, with all holiday accommodation being able to open from 15 July.

With many businesses having been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, the council’s campaign is highlighting that East Lothian has an abundance of creative and innovative businesses working in a variety of sectors across and within our local communities.

The campaign aims to encourage people to purchase goods and services in East Lothian. There will also, as further restrictions are eased and it becomes safe for tourism-related businesses to re-open, be a focus on promoting visitor attractions and the county’s acclaimed hospitality.

Welcoming the campaign, Iain Gray MSP said:

“Over the last few months, many of East Lothian’s shops and other businesses have experienced a uniquely difficult time as the impact of the pandemic and lockdown have hit them hard. As restrictions ease and the economy opens up again, I welcome East Lothian Council’s campaign to encourage people to shop locally in the coming weeks. 

“Our local retailers offer such a diverse range of products that shopping locally here is easy, as well as being safer at the current time. I have always championed East Lothian’s local businesses, but now, more than ever, it is vital that we all do our bit to support the local economy to recover from the crisis and help shops get back on their feet.”

Councillor John McMillan, East Lothian Council’s Cabinet Spokesperson for Economic Development and Tourism, said:

“East Lothian’s shops and local businesses have had to face particularly challenging circumstances over the last few months, but, as our high streets start to open up again, they are keen to welcome existing and new customers. 

“I’m delighted to support the launch of East Lothian Council’s new campaign – Stay Safe, Support Local, Love East Lothian. It’s about sending out a message that East Lothian is getting back open for business – whatever products or services you’re looking for, you’re very likely to find them here in East Lothian.

“East Lothian is well loved by its people and known for its abundance of diverse shops and local businesses, from unique gift shops to the many outlets and markets that sell East Lothian’s fantastic produce.  Local businesses are essential for our economy. They bring growth and innovation, provide employment and support the local economies and communities. They also care about their community.

“By continuing to stay safe and shop locally the people of East Lothian can help local businesses, so integral to the fabric and character of our community, to not only survive but thrive.”

Find out more on East Lothian Council’s website.