Kirkcowan – What's Going On?

DG Support – Community Bulletin – Ed 81

While we’re most certainly not yet ready to cry “freedom”, we might be prepared whisper it.

Assuming that all goes well, Monday 9 August will see significant changes with almost all of Scotland’s remaining Covid restrictions due to come to an end.

Social distancing will be dropped in most settings. The current limits on the number of people who can meet up will be dropped. Larger crowds will be allowed to gather for indoor and outdoor events, although organisers of large events will need to apply to their local council for permission.

There will still be a legal requirement to wear face coverings in specific locations, including shops, hospitality venues and public transport. Venues will still be expected to collect customer details for contact tracing.

In secondary schools, staff will need to maintain 1m physical distancing for the first 6 weeks of term. Twice weekly testing will also be required.

The rules around self-isolation will also change. Fully vaccinated adults identified as a close contact of a positive case will no longer have to isolate if they return a negative PCR test.

These changes move us in the right direction. But be absolutely clear that in no way do they signal the end of the pandemic. The Covid virus is still potentially fatal. Please continue to take all practicable precautions to protect yourself and others.

Annual Canvass of Electors 2021

Our Electoral Registration Officer (ERO) is required by law to carry out a household canvass each year to find out who is eligible to vote at every address in Dumfries and Galloway.

This year’s canvass will start on 2 August.

When households receive their canvass communication it’s essential that residents check the details to ensure they are correct and advise us of any changes as soon as possible.

Where we hold an email address for a household, we’ll email the canvass communication to minimise postage costs. If we don’t have an email address, a paper form will be sent.

All emails require a response but some paper forms don’t so please follow the instructions provided.

If you receive a paper form that indicates that you need to respond please do so promptly to save resources. If you don’t respond, we’re required by law to send reminder letters and follow up with telephone calls or household visits to nonresponders.

If you would prefer to vote by post in future elections, please request a postal vote when responding to the form or email we send you. A postal vote application form will then be sent to you and all you need to do is complete and sign it and return it to us. You can then vote from home in future.