First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has updated the Scottish Parliament (on Tuesday 16th March) on the way forward in easing lockdown restrictions, relating to containing the Covid-19 pandemic.

The timeline for changes in regulations can be read in full here.

Local MSP Bruce Crawford said:

I welcome the cautious approach from our First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, as the country makes steady progress in reducing infection numbers and containing the virus. Local infection numbers here in Stirling remain stubbornly high, but the pace of vaccination has been swift, and my thanks go out to all frontline workers who are undertaking a power of work to keep things moving.’

‘We must all continue to do our part to stay the path, and today’s indicative timeline for exiting lockdown will bring some measure of hope to many in Stirling that some normality can be restored to our lives and businesses.’

Stirling MP Alyn Smith said:

‘Calm, cautious and realistic is what we’ve come to expect from Scotland’s leadership, and the First Minister’s latest update this week continues that trend. These indicative dates for reopening, whilst still caveated regarding infection numbers, will bring welcome relief across Stirling to households and businesses.

‘There’s been incredible sacrifices made to suppress the spread of Covid-19, and they’ve not been in vain. The trends in Stirling in recent days still point to a higher level of community transmission than the average, but overall Scotland is moving in the right direction.

‘I’m also grateful for further clarity on business support, and news the Scottish Government has continued to work alongside sectors and industry to tailor support packages to match evolving circumstances. All efforts should now be made to continue suppressing the virus, and crucially supporting local businesses where possible to promote economic recovery.’