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SHETLAND, along with Orkney, Highland, Western Isles and Moray will be placed at level one from Monday under new Covid-19 restrictions, with home visits still banned for a short time

Nicola Sturgeon confirmed the new restriction levels during Prime Minister’s Questions in the Scottish Parliament on Thursday at noon

The decision was met with disappointment at the local level after it emerged that the islands’ Covid indicators were all pointing to zero, which would have allowed the most freedom in the current pandemic

The new tier system will be reviewed weekly on Tuesday and changes will be implemented the following Friday The first review is scheduled for November 10

Sturgeon said: « With a little time, hopefully a little time, we would expect people at this level one to allow people to meet in their homes in groups of no more than six over two households.

« However, at this time, according to clear public health advice, restrictions on home meetings will continue to apply in all parts of the country for the time being

« I am aware that in more rural and island communities this restriction can cause difficulties, so we will be looking at the need for it in first level areas during the review on November 10. If the virus remains controlled in these areas, hopefully we can remove it then « 

Shetland Islands Council chief Steven Coutts said while the policy framework and the multi-level approach were welcomed, he called the decision to maintain the ban on home visits « extremely disappointing « 

He said: « Indeed, during a call with the government yesterday (Wednesday) they confirmed that all the indicators they use put Shetland at zero level

« From a very urban perspective, cafes and pubs are open to provide opportunities for socializing This is welcome for the Shetland hotel business and those in our community with disposable income

« But that does little to comfort our remote and rural island communities who are digitally and physically cut off A community that suffers from a very high cost of living, a community that is now entering winter

“Essentially, without access to public spaces, residents of remote and rural areas of Shetland have effectively been placed in the second level, one that incorporates and increases the serious inequalities in our community. The government’s own evidence and indicators show that a ban on home visits is not necessary

« I appreciate the offer of a quick review of this visitation ban by the Prime Minister in her statement today I will urgently accept this offer I will ensure that the government does not isolate nor the already disadvantaged people of our community longer than necessary « 

Sturgeon said the government continued to take a cautious approach, saying there was no room for complacency.She added that in Europe, countries like France and Germany had decided to return to national lockdown, a situation she wanted to avoid for Scotland

Here in Scotland and across the UK, we have faced the same pattern of COVID-19 resurgence that is experienced around the world Europe is now firmly in the grip of a second wave and it was only last night that France and Germany reimposed national lockdowns

« In Scotland we acted early – with difficult but necessary measures – and although we have no reason to be satisfied, we are seeing encouraging signs – last week cases increased by 4% whereas two weeks ago, weekly increase of 40%

The Prime Minister added: « If you live in a level one or two local authority area, you should not go to a level three or four area except for essentials.

« By essential goals we mean things like work, if you cannot work at home, education, local outdoor exercise, health care or essential care and purchases when it is needed. is not possible locally

« Likewise, people wherever they live should not travel between Scotland and areas of the rest of the UK where the virus is high unless it is essential

« Since the police cannot check everyone’s course, this has to be based on the public’s willingness to respect This is why the advice is provided in the guidance at this point and not in the regulations, but we are keeping them under review « 

The Prime Minister also confirmed that Shetland is the only region in the NHS not to have a new confirmed case of Covid in the past 24 hours There were a total of 1,108 new cases

Coutts, meanwhile, added: « I have no doubts that as the winter season approaches we will continue, as a community, to play our role in controlling the impact of Covid-19 However, we are better able to do this if we have confidence and clarity about the new guidelines and restrictions, and that they are suitable for Shetland

« As an elected politician, it is important that I am able to examine and question measures that impact the well-being of the community I will continue to press for recognition The ‘balance of wrongs’ and the real needs of our Shetland community as winter approaches

« I would finally like to take this opportunity to remind individuals once again of the need to follow the advice of FACTS We are going to have to work hard to convince the Scottish Government that they can lift the ban on home visits when they are called. first level exam

« Everyone must take their responsibilities and demonstrate that restoring this additional freedom will not lead to behavior that promotes the transmission of the virus »

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