Adam McVey, leader of Edinburgh City Council’s SNP/Labour administration, said: “Today’s announcement by the Scottish government offers hope for better times to come, where some sense of normality is restored and where we can return to some of the activities we have all been missing so much.
"Right now, though, our number one priority is keeping the public safe. The First Minister has made it clear that we must be cautious. While the overall number of cases are falling and the rapid vaccine rollout continues, increased cases in Edinburgh of recent days highlight that our position is still fragile. That’s why it’s still so important that we continue to observe the restrictions in place, led by expert public health data, to limit the impact of this virus, which has by no means gone away.
"We’re working hard to deliver services with as little disruption as possible during this time, and this week welcomed the return of some of our pupils to schools across the city. We’ll continue to adapt and respond to guidance as it changes, and I encourage everyone to do the same.
"We’ve come this far – let’s work together to follow the path out of lockdown safely and sustainably.”
The council’s depute leader, Cammy Day, added: “At this point in time advice remains the same – stay at home and help to protect lives.”