Stick to the rules plea as visitors rise

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There have been at least three confirmed cases of Covid-19 on Arran in the last seven days.

As Scotland sees a big rise in cases, in what is being seen as the third wave of the pandemic, locals and visitors to the island are being asked to be extra careful as Arran has escaped the worst ravages of the pandemic.

However, with the number of holidaymakers set to increase with the start of the school holidays, everyone is being asked to fully adhere the level 2 restrictions which are still in place on Arran.

The recent rise in cases saw the Arran Active store in Brodick voluntarily close for two days after a member of staff tested positive for Covid-19, resulting in two other staff members who were designated as close contacts being required to self-isolate.

A spokesman for the store said: ‘A deep clean of the store has been carried out and our Covid Secure measures remain in place for all our safety. We are incredibly proud of our staff for their desire to protect each other and our customers through their swift actions.’

And the Mara fish bar and deli in Corrie was also forced to close last weekend as a result of the owners self-isolating, but is now reopen.

The latest number of newly-reported positive coronavirus cases recorded by NHS Ayrshire & Arran has increased by 169 to 20,710.

As well as following the Scottish Government guidance on social gatherings, members of the public are being urged to take regular Covid-19 tests – espically before meeting with friends and family or attending public events – and get vaccinated.

Lynne McNiven, director of public health at NHS Ayrshire and Arran, added: ‘If any one of us breaches this guidance, there is a significant risk that we could make our family, friends and other close contacts unwell. We also risk helping to set back the date for the further easing of restrictions. We also don’t want to see local restrictions tightening again and we all have a role to play in that.

‘Testing helps us to identify more cases of the virus and give us all a better chance of stopping it from spreading. So, get tested regularly, even if you have been vaccinated. Lateral Flow Test kits, which should be taken twice a week, are freely available across Ayrshire. Visit to find out more.

‘The vaccine provides our best way out of the coronavirus pandemic and a return, in time, to the things we’ve all missed. So, make sure you get the vaccine when it is offered to you. It is the most important thing you will do this year.’

The government aims to move the whole of Scotland to the lowest level of the five-tier system of restrictions on July 19, before lifting most measures entirely in August.