LISTEN: Mark Ruskell gives his view on how people in Highland Perthshire can help keep case numbers down and move closer to looser restrictions
Regional MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife, Mark Ruskell, is commending Perth and Kinross for the ‘flattening’ number of cases across the area.
He’s now urging people ‘to stick with level 3 COVID restrictions’ in an effort to help stop the spread of the virus.
Mr Ruskell said: “I think there’s all to play for, but the virus is very adept at getting a hold back into our population again, and obviously, the more we open up restrictions around Christmas time we could see a surge in cases.
“So, I think it’s really up to us to try and drill down on this virus right now and fingers crossed that Perthshire can move from level three to level two.”
By sticking with rules, Mr Ruskell thinks that everyone can play their part to help make it an easier time for communities and local businesses.
He added: “And I think, that’s the first step to flatten out the number of cases, but what we really need to see is consistent decline over several weeks.
“And if we can start to see that, then obviously we can get to that point if we continue to adhere to the restrictions and bring the cases down.
“And I think there’s a good chance, as we head towards Christmas, that Perth and Kinross could move from level three restrictions down to level two.
“But I don’t think that’s a given and I think what it shows is that with a declining number of cases, that will only happen if we stick to the restrictions that we’ve all been doing in recent weeks to ensure that’s still the case.”
For Mr Ruskell, this all hangs on the balance of people’s behaviours towards the restrictions and it will take time before the government can say if it’s safe to lift the rules.
Mr Ruskell explained: “However I’m hopeful that if people continue to stay at home as much as possible and stick to the rules, Perth and Kinross could be back in level 2 by Christmas.”