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Finally, a way out for everyone from restrictio­ns

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At long last there seems to be light at the end of the tunnel as we find our way out of the year-long nightmare of the Covid-19 pandemic.

It was an emotional time for many this week as we all remembered the anniversar­y of the announceme­nt of the first UK lockdown with quiet reflection during the minute silence, as well as the lights in the evening signifying a ‘beacon of remembranc­e’.

With the National Day of Reflection over it is perhaps time to look forward rather than back and already businesses across the island are doing just that.

There is already a rush to get staff, with job adverts all over the place, of places hiring ahead of welcoming back visitors and local customers in just over four weeks time.

Of course a lot of work is going to have to be done before then and as we all know the easing of lockdown is being taken one steady pace at a time. So even when visitors return nothing will be back to normal.

However, it is everyone’s interest to see the island reopening and looking a bit like its old self again. And we are pleased that even the First Minister has recognised that the needs of Arran cannot be forgotten as the country emerges from lockdown.

It is a balancing act but businesses need some clarity about the easing of restrictio­ns which will hopefully help everyone get a taste of freedom they have longed for.

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