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Hopefully this deserted view of Brodick in June won't be the scene for much longer.

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Well the time has arrived, which we knew it must, when visitors will this weekend be welcomed back on to the island.

At least for the time being it will be a trickle rather than a flood due to ferry capacity still seriously restricted. It will also only be those self-catering … but it is a start.

The real test will come in less than two weeks time with Wednesday July 15 – the date which all of the islands tourist trade will be open for business. For them it cannot come soon enough and the fight goes on for increased ferry capacity to make it viable.

All the better then that islanders are being reminded now that they cannot be complacent despite the relatively easy ride Arran has had during this rollercoaster of a coronavirus pandemic.

And if anyone was in any doubt that we are out of the woods look at Leicester and nearer to home the cross-border cluster of cases which has been identified this week in Dumfries and Galloway.

And the Arran Recovery Group are right – how can we expect visitors to comply with the rules an guidelines, if they are being ignored, or at least not being given the respect they deserve to keep us all safe, on the island.

There is no doubt challenges lie ahead in the weeks and months for all of us, but to get the island economy back up and running safely is in everyone’s interests.

And to the visitors we say thank you for coming back.