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Personal responsibility plea to Ross residents as Covid-19 restrictions see Highlands move into Level 1

By Hector MacKenzie

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David Richardson: Welcome news.
David Richardson: Welcome news.

ROSS-SHIRE residents are being urged to take personal responsibility for helping ensure Scotland doesn't slip back into a lockdown after Covid-19 restrictions are further eased this weekend.

The Highlands move into Level 1 of the Scottish Government restrictions from Saturday, paving the way for more people to meet up.

With Ross-shire now largely open for business, the change was hailed "very good news" by Federation of Small Businesses Highland manager, David Richardson "in that it shows everything is going in the right direction with the virus".

He warned: “Much more significant would be the imposition of higher levels if the virus resurges. If people cannot travel because restrictions have been reimposed, it could spell disaster for many Ross-shire firms due to the visitor-based economy. It must at all costs be resisted.

“Right now, the picture of how well local businesses are doing is unclear, but the FSB is surveying across the whole of the HIE area and we should have the authoritative results next week. Watch this space!”

Dr Ross Jaffrey: 'Leap of faith'.
Dr Ross Jaffrey: 'Leap of faith'.

Highland GP Dr Ross Jaffrey of the Safe Hands, Saves Lives group said the level changes effectively mean Scotland will be out of lockdown, allowing anyone living in Scotland to travel to where they like within the country. In a cautionary note, the GP, who has championed the importance of good hygiene and played a part in the vaccination roll out, said: "Please remain careful and try and prevent cases. Prevention is now very much an individual responsibility given these changes.

"A huge leap of faith is being placed on vaccination roll out to mop up those at risk yet to be given their vaccine. I really hope hospital admissions do not rebound - if they do I cannot see how people would tolerate stepping back."

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