WEST Dunbartonshire’s MP has welcomed the news of the Scottish Government’s decision to ease lockdown further and move into Phase 2.

Yesterday first minister Nicola Sturgeon announced during her coronavirus daily briefing the new measures that will take place gradually over the coming weeks.

The measures include good news for those shielding - as they are now allowed outdoors for exercise, and can also take part in non-contact outdoor activity such as golf. They can also meet one person from one other household outdoors.

People who live alone or with children under 18 can now have a “bubble” with one other house, where they can visit indoors and stay overnight.

Face masks will also now be mandatory on all public transport, and all places of worship will able to reopen for private prayer.

From June 29, outdoor markets will be able to reopen also.

Commenting, Martin-Docherty Hughes, SNP MP, said: “The Scottish Government’s decision to move into Phase 2 of it’s Covid-19 roadmap is welcome news, and reflects the improvement that has been made in the number of infections.

“The route out of lockdown is a balancing act between the risks to public health and to the economy, and the Scottish Government have been open and honest about that.

“Speaking to hospitality business’ in West Dunbartonshire, I understand their frustrations about not being able to open this weekend, but I would ask them to look at the positive movement that’s being made towards an opening in the coming weeks.

“Any decision will have been made with public safety at its heart, and I trust the Scottish Government’s judgement on this.”

Jackie Baillie, Dumbarton’s MSP and deputy leader of the Scottish Labour party, added: “I welcome today’s announcement from the First Minister. The changes that will occur will come as a relief to many people who have felt lonely and isolated over the last few months. The decision to allow single parents and those living alone to form ‘extended households’ will provide a much needed level of support.

“However, I must stress that the threat of Covid-19 is still present. It is paramount that all social distancing measures are followed, face masks are worn when required and that you keep your social groups to no more than eight people and two additional households.”

For a full list of the new measures, visit: dumbartonreporter.co.uk/news/18528341.shielding-people-scotland-can-cannot-phase-2.