An unwelcome return

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It may seem trite to say Covid has not gone away but the sad reality is the high number of cases on Arran is once again affecting our everyday lives.

While news of Covid is being overshadowed by the tragedy in Ukraine, the virus has gained a foothold in communities on Arran and is, once again, affecting education, business and hospitality provision and placing pressure on our medical services.

The good news is that thanks to our vaccination programme and dedicated medical staff, we are in a better position to recover from Covid and it has mutated to be far less deadly than it once was. Still, the old adage prevention is better than cure still rings true and it is important we don’t become complacent.

The end of all legal restrictions in Scotland next week, bar the wearing of face coverings on public transport and in shops, might literally be a breath of fresh air for many, but it is important to remember we need to continue with the measures that help to prevent the spread of the virus.

Schools and businesses on Arran have been exemplary in how they have continued to operate with limited resources and those staff that have been able to continue have carried a heavy load. We owe it to them and to our friends, neighbours and families, to do everything in our power to help curtail this latest surge.