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Highland Council asked for a response to the proposed five tier system of Covid restrictions by the Scottish Government


By Scott Maclennan

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Council leader Margaret Davidson welcomed the opportunity to learn more about the government policy for a tier system.
Council leader Margaret Davidson welcomed the opportunity to learn more about the government policy for a tier system.

Highland Council has been consulted on the Scottish Government’s proposed new five-tier system protection system for Covid-19.

The council leader Margaret Davidson and chief executive took part in a meeting earlier today with the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities.

The meeting offered council leaders the opportunity to examine the details of policy outlined by the Scottish Government along with the framework of how the tier system will be implemented.

The Scottish Government will discuss the proposals – which follow similar moves in England last week – on Thursday before they are adopted.

"There are still some areas we need to debate further and seek more clarity on, such as the impact on our tourism industries."- Cllr Margaret Davidson

Councillor Davidson said: “The proposals will be going to the parliament this week, so I welcome the engagement opportunity we had with other local councils today.

“The framework should help us to tailor our Covid response. There are still some areas we need to debate further and seek more clarity on, such as the impact on our tourism industries.

“Our discussions will be fed back to the Scottish Government and we wait to hear from them what tier level the Highlands is on.”

She continued: “Highland Council continues to work closely with the NHS Highland Health Protection Team and our resilience partners to manage risk and to prevent the spread of the virus in the Highlands.

“We will continue to follow national guidance as it develops and changes throughout this pandemic and support national efforts to keep people safe.”

Chief executives up and down the country have been asked to engage with councillors and the directors of public health as a matter of urgency and feedback their views to the government before the framework arrives in parliament.

Mrs Manson said: “We are holding briefings this afternoon to engage with councillors and will be feeding back their views and comments to the Scottish Government, so they have this information before holding their debate on Thursday.”


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