CITY leaders in Edinburgh are emphasising caution to facilitate the areas progress out of lockdown.
Local authority leaders have urged residents to follow the guidance and come forward for Covid-19 vaccinations and community testing.
This follows the First Minister’s announcement yesterday on the city remaining in level two.
Council leader Adam McVey said: “I know people across the city continue to do a brilliant job to follow the guidance to help steer Edinburgh forward out of lockdown and I know people understand the need to stay in Level Two due to recent increases in transmissions.
“With cases rising in some parts of the city we’ve got to make sure we go at the right pace rather than risk stalling progress further. Even with this slight slowing down of our reopening, I’m very pleased that we’re still on the right track to get back to something like normality again and can still enjoy so much of our city that has reopened already.
“This is thanks to the hard work of people and businesses across our communities and, of course, the ongoing vaccination rollout.”
Mr McVey urged residents to take up the invitation for their jab and stressed the importance of those aged 18 to 29 registering for their vaccine.
Council depute leader Cammy Day said: “Nobody wants to go backwards after the really difficult journey we’ve all been on to get to this point so while things are still in a delicate situation in terms of case rates versus vaccination figures, a careful and steady approach is crucial.
“If we can monitor where cases are emerging – including the roughly 33% that never develop symptoms – then we’ll have a much clearer idea of how well we’re limiting the spread of the virus.
“So, as well as getting vaccinated when you’re called forward, it’s really important to continue to take regular tests, as there’s evidence you can still transmit the virus even if you’ve had the jag.”
Mr Day urged locals to stick to Covid-19 guidance when shopping or meeting people in public areas.