Ruth Maguire MSP has today urged local residents to adhere to the Scottish Government’s new Covid-19 public health guidelines following the latest review.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed that from Monday 14 September, the number of people in Scotland permitted to meet will be cut to six people from two households, both indoors and outdoors.

This comes in addition to the announcement that further lockdown restriction easing has been pushed back. Theatres, live music venues, indoor soft play facilities and indoor contact sports will now not open until at least 5 October after being scheduled to reopen on 14 September. This is due to concerns surrounding the rise in new Covid-19 cases.

Providing comment, the SNP MSP said: “The tightening of measures in terms of how many people we are now permitted to meet with is a necessary step being taken to curb the recent rise in Covid cases.

“I appreciate that there will be disappointment among those impacted by the delay in reopening of more sections of the economy, however the jump in case numbers from a few weeks ago is sufficient cause for caution.

“We cannot allow complacency to set in and let the number of cases continue to accelerate. I urge all North Ayrshire residents to adhere to the new guidelines on social gatherings before they come into effect on Monday and thank them for their continuing patience as we seek to contain this virus.”