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Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has welcomed today’s (Thursday) announcement by Scottish Government that the Western Isles will be placed in tier one of the five-tier COVID system for Scotland.
Comhairle Leader, Cllr Roddie Mackay, said: ‘I am sure that the Tier 1 designation will come as very welcome news to us all as we attempt to move towards a more normal routine but we should all continue to act with common sense.
‘It is slightly disappointing that indoors household mixing is not yet being permitted but we hope that this can change in the near future for the Western Isles as we know families and friends are very keen to see one another.
‘However, it is encouraging that we can, once again, support the hospitality sector together with a maximum of six people from a maximum of two households whilst, of course, following social distancing and good hygiene practices.
‘We have all worked together to suppress the spread of the virus here in the Western Isles and I must reiterate that it is more important than ever that we look out for each other.
‘Let’s try and maintain a positive outlook, and let’s ensure we encourage in whatever way we can, those who we know to be struggling.’