Mike Rumbles MSP has called on the Scottish Government to co-operate with the UK Government and sign up to its agreement with the European Union to introduce 'air corridors’, as part of the easing of lockdown. The North East MSP also called for Scottish ministers to publish the evidence which they claim supports stricter measures for Scotland, dividing it from the rest of the UK.
- To ask the Scottish Government if it will publish the evidence it has taken into consideration when deciding to maintain quarantine arrangements for international travel, including potential 'air corridors'.
- To ask the Scottish Government since quarantine regulations came into force on June 8th, i) how many people arriving in Scotland have been quarantined, ii) how many have been contacted by Scottish health authorities and, iii) how many have been identified as bringing Covid 19 into Scotland.
Index Heading: Constitution and External Affairs - Rona Mackay (Strathkelvin and Bearsden) (Scottish National Party): To ask the Scottish Government what the outcome was of its review into the border health measures that were introduced on 8 June 2020, and whether there will be any changes to the regulations. S5W-30299
Humza Yousaf: We have reviewed the border health measures closely over the last three weeks and have assessed that there remains a requirement for them to remain in place to reduce the risk of transmission and safeguard health.
Discussions around changes to the regulations, including any further exemptions, continue. We have welcomed a four nation public health approach since the outset of these regulations and were disappointed to learn of the UK Government’s proposed change to their exemptions list via the media on Friday evening. Decisions on the review of the health measures at the border for travellers to Scotland will be made by Scottish Ministers.