By Bill Heaney

Today First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced that, from Saturday 5 June, West Dunbartonshire and Argyll and Bute local authority areas will move from level two to level one COVID-19 restrictions.

This means that the limit on meetings in indoor public places increases to 8 people from 3 households; and outdoors to 12 people from 12 households; 100 people as opposed to 50 can attend weddings and funerals; and soft play centres and funfairs can reopen.

Cara and Milan and the award winning staff at La Barca in Helensburgh.

Jackie Baillie, MSP for Dumbarton Constituency, has welcomed this change in rules but has called on local people to continue to follow the restrictions that are in place and to get their vaccine when it is offered.

Jackie Baillie MSP said: “This move to level one will certainly come as good news to our community. I want to thank local people for following the rules as the situation has developed. Their cautiousness and willingness to follow restrictions has made this move to level one possible.

“To ensure that we remain in level one, and indeed move down to level zero in the coming weeks, it is vitally important that everyone attends their vaccine appointment when they are invited to do so. The vaccine hugely reduces the severity of the virus which eases pressure on our NHS.

“I also encourage everyone to take advantage of the free tests that you can obtain – we should all be testing ourselves regularly, regardless of symptoms, in order to ensure that we are not spreading and passing on the virus to others. I am glad that this easing in restrictions will allow for a greater sense of normality to return and for local businesses to continue to recover.”

  • See also in The Democrat today, the full briefing given in Parliament by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

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