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Fergus Ewing

ALL eyes are on Thursday when the Scottish Government will announce whether the country can move to the next phase on its roadmap to the lifting of Covid-19 restrictions. It could move us towards a return of tourism. SNP Tourism Secretary Fergus Ewing said last week that tourism might be able to return from July 15 – a formal check will be made the week before. Mr Ewing pledged to produce guidance for business on safe reopening and also promised is a campaign to reassure communities with low Covd-19 rates – such as Dumfries and Galloway – that the return of tourism is safe. The NHS has officially recorded 261 Covid-19 cases in Dumfries and Galloway, among the lowest on the mainland. To help business owners make sense of the tourism and hospitality guidance, due to be published this week, food and drink umbrella body Savour the Flavours is holding an online event. Sandra Reid, one of Scotland's leading hospitality consultants, will join next week's Savour the Flavours meeting. Event registration is now open at: http://savourtheflavours.co.uk Phase II also allows for churches to be open for private prayer, and for marriages to take place, with a limited number of attendees, all subject to physical distancing and hygiene safeguards. The Church of Scotland has advice for safe reopening, if the go-ahead is given, on its website www.churchofscotland.org.uk

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