The Scottish Conservatives are today publishing a detailed lockdown exit strategy for Scotland. Click here to view document
Leader Douglas Ross says that after almost a full year of sacrifices and restrictions, people deserve clarity and hope in the months ahead.
As more people are vaccinated, rebuilding Scotland’s economy and saving jobs are central to the party’s ambitious road map to recovery.
Mr Ross sets key tests ahead of the SNP’s revised framework next week, urging them to explain whether there will be a national or regional approach and be honest about what the “new normal” will be.
The document, “Unlocking the Lockdown”, contains a series of other detailed demands “working with rather than against business” as we lift restrictions.
These include creating a Coronavirus Business Advisory Council and a minimum one-week adaptation period between announcements and changing restrictions.
Business red tape should be slashed by replacing 44 existing Covid support schemes with a single fund that makes decisions within 10 days.
Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross said: “After so much sacrifice, pain and loss, people deserve hope for the future.
“So instead of obsessively pushing a damaging and divisive independence referendum this year, the SNP must focus on jobs and the economy.
“My blueprint does exactly that. The single most important thing that government can give to businesses and individuals is certainty going forward.
“There needs to be a complete approach to gradually removing restrictions and ending the lockdown. One key question is whether there will be a local or national approach.
“While we rightly celebrate the world-beating UK and Scottish vaccination programme, now is the time to focus on the future.
“Our measures have one central purpose — to ensure Scotland’s economy can emerge stronger than before lockdown.
“People also need to know what the ‘new normal’ will look like in respect of schooling, the workplace, leisure and travel.
“They are also tired of SNP spin and deserve to know exactly how and why decisions will be reached.
“It’s fantastic that more than 1.3million Scots have received their first vaccine but they also need to know how vaccination progress will be linked to restrictions being eased.”