After what has felt like an interminable period since late January, we’re now easing our way out of lockdown.
If necessary, we can leave our local authority and travel anywhere in mainland Scotland. We can meet up outdoors with family and friends.
From Monday 26 April, hospitality venues such as cafes, pubs, and restaurants can reopen, along with tourist accommodation. Non-essential retail outlets and close contact services, such as beauty salons can also reopen. As can indoor attractions and public buildings, such as galleries, museums, and libraries.
Hopefully, in Scotland, the worst of the Covid-19 pandemic is behind us and, with cautious optimism, we can now press ahead on restart, renewal and recovery in Dumfries and Galloway.
However, as the Covid-19 pandemic continues to rage around the world with truly shocking consequences, we mustn’t forget that we’re still dealing with a deadly virus. So, it’s vital that we continue to be cautious and follow the FACTS guidance: face coverings, avoid crowds, clean hands, two metre distance. Anyone with Covid-19 symptoms should self-isolate with their household and book a test.