Tue 15 Jun, 2021

Restrictions on international travel must remain in place to allow the rest of the economy to return to something like normality, Scottish Greens co-leader Lorna Slater has said.

Speaking in response to the First Minister’s parliamentary statement the Lothian MSP noted her support for a cautious approach given the exponential growth of Covid cases in recent days.

Lorna Slater said:

“The recent exponential growth of Covid cases in Scotland is cause for concern, and there is a risk of yet more people dying and suffering from Long Covid, before the vaccine roll-out can be completed.

“The Scottish Greens have supported a cautious approach throughout the pandemic, and I welcome the decision to delay lifting restrictions today.

“The travel industry are already advertising and selling holiday, actively encouraging people to travel, even to amber list countries, for non-essential travel, even to amber list countries, for non-essential reasons, not just for family reunions, despite the risk.

"The Scottish Government must adopt a much firmer line on non-essential international travel, particularly while other businesses which pose a much lower risk are still prevented from operating normally.

“The First Minister must accept that if we want to end restrictions, in a safe, and permanent way then non-essential international leisure travel will have to be the last thing to return to normal.”

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