THE Borders moving to Level 1 of lockdown restrictions shows the area is “on the right path” but the situation remains “fragile”, says a director at the region’s health board.
Lockdown restrictions will again ease from that point, but NHS Borders’ director of public health, Tim Patterson, has urged people to continue to be responsible.
“This announcement shows that we are on the right path to being able to deal with this virus differently thanks to the COVID-19 vaccination and testing programmes,” said Dr Patterson.
“However it remains crucial, especially with the continued easing of restrictions, that we all continue to be responsible and follow the rules that are in place in order to protect each other and our local health and social care services.
“The emergence of the newly renamed Delta variant is a reminder that COVID-19 is still circulating, highly transmissible and continues to pose a threat to us.
“At this delicate and fragile point please remember how important it is to protect yourself and your loved ones by coming forward to get vaccinated when it is your turn, including when it is time for your second dose, to ensure that you have lasting protection against COVID-19.”
Announcing the decision to move the Borders to Level 1, Ms Sturgeon said: “I know these changes will be welcome but please continue to be careful.”
In Level 1, eight people from three households are able to meet in indoor public spaces, with 12 people from 12 households allowed to get together outdoors.
The number of people permitted at funerals and weddings in Level 1 is 100 – up from 50 in Level 2.
The First Minister confirmed that “soft play and funfairs can reopen”.
Other rules in Level 1 include up to six people from three households being allowed in your home or theirs – with overnight stays permitted.
You do not need to physically distance from family and friends in a private home, according to the Scottish Government website.
The website also states that tradespeople can carry out any work and repairs in your home such as painting, decorating or repairing.
You should continue to work from home “where possible”.
The leader of Scottish Borders Council, Shona Haslam, said: “I would once again like to thank everyone in the Borders for playing their part to stop the spread of COVID-19 in our area.
“We have enjoyed more freedom in recent weeks but, importantly, we have done so while acting responsibly and carefully.”
The Conservative representative for Tweeddale East added: “This means we can now move to Level 1, which is very welcome. Please continue to adhere to all guidance in place and follow the FACTS.”