Responding to the news that the Scottish Government is re-imposing nationwide restrictions on social gatherings that prevent more than six people from two different households meeting at once, Orkney’s MSP, Liam McArthur commented:
“In light of the recent increase of Covid-19 cases across the country, it is understandable that the Scottish Government would look to follow the UK Government in re-imposing restrictions on social gatherings.
“Nevertheless, the First Minister has repeatedly insisted throughout the pandemic that these decisions are guided by science and evidence. It is therefore difficult to see why these restrictions are being applied in areas, such as the islands, where there have been no new recent cases.
“I appreciate the need for messages on public health guidance to be simple and clear given the obvious risk of a second wave. However, a blanket approach to re-imposing restrictions risks appearing disproportionate and undermining public confidence in the decisions being taken.
“I will be raising these points with the Health Secretary and seeking clarification as to the rationale for this approach.”