Move to Tier 2 great for communities and local businesses

Council Leader Councillor Derek Milligan says the Scottish Government’s decision to move Midlothian down to Tier 2 from Tuesday 24 November was “fantastic news for local communities and businesses”.

Infection rates down

Cllr Milligan thanked local people for complying with the coronavirus guidance, which has driven infection rates down.

Significant progress

He said: “The decision reflects the significant progress we’ve made in reducing the spread of the virus locally. Public Health Scotland data is now showing Midlothian has 58.4 cases per 100,000, which now puts us in Tier 2.

Delighted with news

“We’re delighted the Scottish Government and Public Health Scotland have listened to our argument of our need to be in Tier 2 if the continuing downward trend continued.

Good for business

“Moving to Tier 2 is fantastic news for local communities and businesses.”

Keep following rules

Cllr Milligan urged local people not to become complacent, however.

Read the new guidance

He said: “Just as we can move down a Tier, we can easily move back up if we fail to adhere to the guidance. The Council is working closely with Police Scotland to ensure that our businesses and communities are well supported in complying with the Tier 2 rules. 

"So please familiarise yourself with the new Tier 2 rules, including continuing to wear face coverings when required, unless exempt, socially distance and only travel on public transport when necessary.

Christmas coming

“With Christmas coming up, we all need to continue to do our bit to give everyone the best chance possible of celebrating with their families safely. That means keeping infection rates down. “

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17 Nov 2020