Responding to the latest update of the route map for Scotland through and out of lockdown restrictions, Dr Liz Cameron, Chief Executive of the Scottish Chambers of Commerce said:
“It is disappointing that we seem to have taken a step back in terms of compliance with guidelines while the virus has taken steps forward. We need to control the spread of the virus more effectively and we urge all to follow the rules.
“We can ill afford a return to stricter measures. Scottish Chambers of Commerce has been witness to the huge efforts and investments businesses have made to implement safe operating practices so that they are COVID safe and secure. We need to move forward to ensure our economy can recover and stem the loss of jobs where possible. That’s why we need our offices to be allowed to open quickly, particularly those where businesses have worked closely with employees and invested heavily in safety procedures. For the sake of our theatres, live music venues, soft play and indoor contact sports facilities, clear guidance on when they can reopen safely is also required quickly.
“We need effort and investment rolled out to ensure testing facilities are expanded and properly resourced. Until a vaccine or some other intervention is in place, we must learn to manage the spread of the virus smarter.”