SCC comment on Phase 3 continuing with further indicative re-opening dates

Commenting on the announcement that Scotland will continue in Phase 3 of the Scottish Government’s Routemap with further indicative re-opening dates (30th July), Dr Liz Cameron, Chief Executive of the Scottish Chambers of Commerce said:

“The re-opening of schools on 11th August will bring much relief to parents across Scotland. It is critical our young people can resume learning in a productive environment and this return will also help to facilitate employees to return to the workplace.

“Further easing of lockdown restrictions for outdoor live events and concerts is welcome. Whilst it does not address the full concerns of the industry, it provides an opportunity for the sector to plan ahead and connect with customers once again.

“Of course, it is disappointing that offices and gyms will not re-open until 14th September.  It is imperative that these sectors have a clear and earlier date of return given the important role they play for our city and town economies. Further delays may result in permanent job losses and business closures. We appreciate and understand  the cautious approach the Scottish Government has adopted but we urge the Government to bring this date forward should the spread of the virus continue to remain at acceptable low levels. Preventing the spread of the virus is everyone’s responsibility and we must all continue to follow guidelines to safeguard lives, jobs and livelihoods.”

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