HELENSBURGH'S MP has welcomed the "cautious approach" taken by Scotland's First Minister in mapping out a phased easing of lockdown measures.

Nicola Sturgeon confirmed on Thursday that a number of restrictions would be lifted with effect from May 29, including allowing people to spend more time outdoors, meet up with members of one household at a time, and the re-opening of some businesses and retail outlets like construction sites and garden centres.

Brendan O'Hara, the SNP MP for Argyll and Bute, said the latest updates were good news – but pleaded with people not to celebrate too soon.

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Mr O'Hara said: “I welcome the cautious approach the First Minister has taken with this phased route map to easing lockdown restrictions.

“I know the last few months have been tough, particularly for people shielding, those not able to see loved ones and children not being able to go to school, as well as for many businesses across Argyll and Bute, but the efforts everyone has taken will be rewarded – in stages – if we continue to follow the guidance.

“It continues to be vital that we keep the reproduction rate, or the R number, below one as if we do not, any relaxation of lockdown conditions will most likely have to be reversed.

“So please, for now, follow the guidance and even when lockdown starts to be lifted, stay home, stay safe, and protect our NHS.”

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