Local Labour MSP Comments on New Covid-19 Restrictions

Labour MSP, Rhoda Grant (pictured) comments on First Minister’s statement on new Covid-19 restrictions.

Highlands and Islands Labour MSP, Rhoda Grant, said:

“It is clear that we cannot let this rise in cases go unchecked, having seen what happened in our communities and care homes earlier this year.

“I know it will be difficult for people not to have family and friends in their homes.

“Sadly, I fear there will be more jobs losses particularly in the hospitality and tourism industries due to the 10 pm curfew. 

“Many of these businesses are hardly managing at the moment.

“The UK Government must now look at extending the furlough scheme and help for the self-employed.

“Businesses must be supported through this as many are already on a cliff edge and this could well tip them over.

“I do hope that these measures will also help the NHS restart services that have been postponed due to the pandemic.

“Our testing system is not world leading and this must change. 

“Testing and tracing is the only way to control the spread of Covid-19.”