Finlay Carson MSP

Galloway and West Dumfries

Carson welcomes indications over outdoor pursuits being allowed again

Finlay meeting

MSP has lobbied SNP Government Ministers to allow activities such as golf and fishing in line with social distancing

Galloway and West Dumfries MSP Finlay Carson has welcomed indications from First Minister Nicola Sturgeon that outdoor activities such as golf and fishing could be allowed under a potential easing of lockdown.

The Scottish Conservative and Unionist MSP has consistently lobbied SNP Government Cabinet Secretaries in recent weeks to allow outdoor pursuits to be allowed in line with social distancing.

Now First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has hinted that sports such as golf and fishing may well be allowed later this month when some easing of restrictions are lifted, similar to what is now allowed in England.

Mr Carson has been contacted by individuals and organisations worried about their current financial state as a result of not being allowed to take part in these activities right now, as well as the impact on physical and mental health.

In his correspondence, which Mr Carson is waiting on responses from the SNP’s Health Secretary and Rural Economy Secretary, he stressed that these activities could be carried out with social distancing measures and would help with the mental and physical health of players and a welcome first step to boost to the local economy.

Commenting Finlay Carson MSP said: “While it was perfectly understandable that many of these activities such as golf and fishing were shut down in order to stop the spread of Covid-19, we have reached a point where we should be looking at ways in which these activities can be safely started up again.

“That is why I have written to SNP Government Health and Rural Economy Secretary pressing the case for outdoor pursuits to be seriously considered as part of easing lockdown restrictions.

“Many of these organisations are struggling without members paying fees or competitions taking place and the summer months are absolutely vital for them.

“It is welcome that the First Minister appears to be suggesting that activities like this may well be allowed as part of the first easing of lockdown, as we have seen in other parts of the United Kingdom.

“I will be continuing to ensure these activities will be at the forefront of easing of lockdown, where social distancing measures can be carried out in a safe manner.”