Moray MP Douglas Ross has welcomed the news that Moray will move down from Level 2 to Level 1 Covid restrictions from midnight on Friday.
Mr Ross was commenting after First Minister Nicola Sturgeon updated the Scottish Parliament on the lifting of restrictions in Scotland, and levels which local authorities will be in, with much of the Central Belt where cases are high, being kept at Level 2.
Douglas Ross said: “I’m very pleased that restrictions in Moray will be eased further starting on Saturday, which will allow those businesses which have been prevented from operating fully, such as hospitality and tourism to get back to some sort of normality. This is what I have been calling for and what businesses have been hoping for.
“As I have said previously this is due in no small way to the response by the NHS to step up the vaccination and testing programme and the response of the public here in Moray to these.
“However, with many areas of Scotland remaining under tighter restrictions, I believe it would be more appropriate for the Scottish Government to adopt a more targeted local approach now, so we can move forward together as much as possible in future. The old approach is no longer suitable given the success of the vaccination roll out across the country.
“As I have said before, people and businesses in Moray and all over the country have made extraordinary sacrifices in recent months and this is positive news for many, but many businesses continue to need support and it would have been good today if the First Minister had set out some more detail about this.
“It is vital that we all continue to stay vigilant so we can move to Level zero in the future.
“You should get your vaccination when it is offered and continue to take precautions, such as social distancing and regular testing so we can continue to keep this virus at bay.”