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MetiNews.Com - With thousands of airline industry jobs at risk Labour is calling on the government to test travellers as they arrive in Scotland as an alternative to 14-day quarantine rules.
Breaking News ! Nicola Sturgeon is facing renewed demands from Labour to introduce a coronavirus testing regime for airports. Opposition MSPs are demanding ministers introduce a “robust” system to test passengers on arrival in Scotland with follow-up checks carried out later. Scottish Labour’s Transport spokesman, has insisted airport checks with follow ups, as adopted in other countries, are vital to save thousands of jobs at risk in the aviation sector. Smyth insisted that the current Scottish Government quarantine system requiring people coming from countries deemed to be Covid-19 hotspots required to self-isolate for 14 days was “not fit for purpose”. Read More Related Articles Get the latest Scottish politics headlines with our new daily newsletter He will use a debate at Holyrood on Wednesday to demand the Scottish Government introduces airport testing as an alternative. He also wants ministers to work with trade unions to develop a specific package of support for the aviation industry. The Fraser of Allander Institute think tank warned in July of the potential for thousands more of airline and airport jobs could be at risk in the ongoing crisis.
. “This will have a knock-on effect on our tourism sector in the short and long terms, and we simply can’t afford to stand by." “That is why Scottish Labour is calling the Scottish Government to work with the aviation sector and the relevant trade unions in Scotland to agree on a specific package of support for the industry. Smyth added: “We are also calling for an urgent review of the existing quarantine system, which is clearly not fit for purpose. The debate comes after Edinburgh Airport chief executive Gordon Dewar insisted that the “quarantine policy is a travel ban in all but name”.
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In a letter to the Scottish Government, he said: “If we are to live with Covid-19 for months and years to come then this is simply not a sustainable approach. “We need a robust testing regime that protects public health and provides confidence and reassurance to those who need and wish to travel".
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