Action needed on coronavirus travel restrictions, says MSP Wishart

Calls have been made for the government to ensure that frustrated Shetlanders desperate to visit relatives on the mainland are not disadvantaged as lockdown restrictions are eased.

MSP Beatrice Wishart said she had been contacted by constituents who are finding it difficult to arrange visits while sticking to the latest guidance.

Travelling to  visit family is permitted “while acting in line with all other guidance.”

However, most Shetlanders would have to arrive and return the same day in order to stick within that guidance.

The Shetland MSP said: “People have rightly contacted me feeling frustrated that they don’t have the same opportunity as people on the mainland have to visit family and friends. Grandparents are especially anxious to see their grandchildren…

“Islanders must not be disadvantaged with easing of coronavirus restrictions. The Scottish government must ensure coronavirus guidance and policy announcements are properly island proofed to reflect the reality of island life. Otherwise too many questions are left unanswered”.


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