HELENSBURGH’S MSP has raised concerns over the enforcement of a planned travel ban following the First Minister’s announcement of revised coronavirus restrictions.

Nicola Sturgeon told MSPs on Tuesday that Argyll and Bute would remain in Level 2 of the Scottish Government’s pandemic control measures – but people living in neighbouring West Dunbartonshire, and all local authority areas in and immediately around Glasgow, will be under Level 4 restrictions – the highest possible – from 6pm on Friday, November 20.

Ms Sturgeon also said the government intended to put a travel ban into law to prevent people who live in a Level 3 or Level 4 local authority area from travelling outside their local authority, except for an essential purposes.

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Reacting to the announcement, which the First Minister said it was hoped would drive infection rates down, with the aim of permitting a brief relaxation at Christmas, local MSP Jackie Baillie said: “Whilst Helensburgh and Lomond remain in tier two, there have been numerous visitors to the area from Glasgow and beyond.

“There have also been recent Covid outbreaks in the area, some of which may have been caused by visitors.

“The Scottish Government intend to make a travel ban a matter of law but I am concerned about whether it is enforceable.

“The police have a huge job to do already and I am not sure what practical measures they can take to dissuade people from travelling across boundaries.”

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Ms Sturgeon also told MSPs that Argyll and Bute might be moved down to Level 1 measures “soon” if current trends in infection rates in the area continue.

Vivien Dance, chair of the Helensburgh and Lomond Chamber of Commerce, said: “There will have been a sigh of relief for many local business families on Tuesday as the community’s efforts in sticking with the rules are beginning to show positive results.

“It is tough for everyone after eight months, but restricting the spread of the virus is the best kind of support we can give to every business in the town, and avoid the kind of restrictions that have been imposed just a few miles away which are a devastating blow to many livelihoods.

“Protect each other and our community, and give business owners who are supporting us hope for even better news as the calendar year ends.”

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