People need more hope and certainty as they look to the future. That is why the Scottish Conservatives are calling for a more optimistic economy re-opening plan.
We welcome the changes to travel within Scotland and the numbers that can meet outside. But the data clearly suggests it is safe to move more quickly and with greater optimism.
We believe that due to this and the success of the vaccine roll out, the SNP Government should look again at the timetable that it has set for easing restrictions.
Firstly, we are calling for those restrictions that are due to be lifted on the 17th of May to be lifted on the 26th of April, aside from meetings indoors. This will mean that the following can all happen 3 weeks earlier:
- Pubs can serve alcohol indoors.
- Outdoor contact sport and indoor group exercise can restart.
- Cinemas, arcades and bingo halls can reopen, subject to capacity constraints.
- Small-scale outdoor and indoor events can resume.
- Students can return to universities and colleges (though in a blended learning model)
- Non-professional performance arts can resume outdoors.
- Communal worship capacity can increase.
We are also calling on the SNP Government to set further definite dates for the easing of restrictions, so that the public and our economy can plan ahead.
Throughout this pandemic, the Scottish Conservatives have been supportive of measures which tackle coronavirus, but they must be accompanied by appropriate support for jobs. The SNP Government has received funding from the UK Government but it simply hasn’t passed it on to businesses quickly enough.