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AS part of efforts to help things return to normality as lockdown eases, the council has said it will look at what changes can be made in town centres; is planning a task force to look and the issues; and will appoint ambassadors for the major centres of population to drive forward ideas that can help business back on their feet. Earlier this week they said: 'We are already distributing signage and carrying out cleansing programmes to our public spaces." There was evidence of that in Stranraer as benches at the Garden of Friendship were given a thorough clean yesterday. Meanwhile, tourism is anticipating being fully back in action by July 15. VisitScotland has teamed up with the national tourism bodies of England, Northern Ireland and Wales to launch a new UK-wide industry standard designed to generate confidence for visitors, communities and tourism businesses alike. The free 'We're Good to Go' scheme and supporting logo, means, says the Scottish Government, businesses across all sectors of the tourism industry can demonstrate that they are adhering to the latest official public health guidance. To qualify, businesses have to carry out a Covid-19 risk assessment to check they have the required processes and protocols in place to operate safely. Scottish Government Tourism Secretary Fergus Ewing said: “Scotland's tourism sector has suffered terribly from the impacts of Coronavirus. "The Scottish Government has been doing all it can to help the sector through these challenging times and we continue to support tourism businesses as they prepare to open their doors again. “Good to Go is a really positive development, developed jointly by the four visitor agencies across the UK, that will ensure the sector is as prepared as possible to welcome visitors again." The scheme is also intended to address fears of rural communities who have seen relatively few Covid-19 cases that tourism is not a threat. Official Public Health Scotland figures show Dumfries and Galloway has had 285 confirmed Covid-19 cases. Although that figure is regarded as an underestimate because not all cases will be tested and not all those infected will display symptoms, it remains among the lowest figures in mainland Scotland.

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