In Dumfries and Galloway, we continue to make outstanding progress on Covid vaccinations. 71.4% of our adult population has been given the first dose of a vaccine (compared to 61.15 across Scotland) and 43% has received a second dose (compared to 23.5% nationally).
As we emerge from lockdown, venues such as gyms, museums, galleries, libraries, cafes, restaurants, pubs have reopened. We can meet up outdoors with family and friends. If necessary, we can now travel anywhere in mainland Scotland. It feels as if our lives are returning to some degree of normality.
However, while our region presses ahead with restart, renewal and recovery, we mustn’t be complacent. The shocking images and statistics from other parts of the world confirm that we’re still dealing with a deadly virus in a global pandemic that continues to cause misery and cost enormous numbers of lives on a daily basis.
So, it’s of the utmost importance that we all continue to be take precautions against Covid and follow the FACTS guidance: face coverings, avoid crowds, clean hands, two metre distance. Anyone with symptoms should self isolate with their household and book a test.