Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 22nd December 2020.

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Photo of Joan McAlpine Joan McAlpine Scottish National Party

The First Minister knows that Gretna is the wedding capital of Scotland. It is also in a lower-prevalence area. I have been contacted by a number of constituents in Gretna and east Annandale who are concerned that wedding guests are travelling from higher-prevalence parts of the UK, such as the south of England, despite the cross-border travel ban, because weddings and small receptions are permitted in Dumfries and Galloway, which is in level 1. Can the First Minister explain how moving to level 4 across Scotland will protect my constituents in the Gretna area? Given that many local jobs are involved in the wedding industry, how will it and its supply chain be supported under level 4 restrictions?