Highlands and Islands MSP Donald Cameron has given a warm welcome to restrictions on marriages taking place in Scotland being lifted.
The announcement came following the success of the Scottish Conservatives in amending legislation in the Scottish Parliament so that steps will be taken to ensure weddings and civil partnerships can go ahead.
Although there was no formal prevention in place, registrars had stopped taking weddings for fear of being overwhelmed by the volume of work in registering deaths.
Mr Cameron said: “I was very happy to give my support to this measure. There are couples around the Highlands and Islands who really want to take this next step in their lives, and now, I hope, they will be able to.
“This may seem like a small matter in the face of the continued crisis, but it is a symbol of hope for the future. There are plenty of places where couples can safely get married, with the required three other people in attendance, observing the necessary social distance."
The Scottish Conservative amendment was passed unanimously in the Scottish parliament. Ceremonies will have to be performed in accordance with attendance restrictions and social distancing measures—there can be no quick return to large weddings parties.
A social care support fund for carers experiencing loss of income due to coronavirus has also been successfully passed into emergency legislation by the Scottish Parliament. The fund was proposed by Scottish Labour health and social care spokesperson Monica Lennon MSP and will be available to social care staff who have lost income because they are off sick, self-isolating or cannot work their usual shifts due to coronavirus. The proposal also had support from GMB Scotland and Unison Scotland.
Monica Lennon MSP said: "I am pleased the Scottish Government have u-turned and will now support my proposed fund for social care staff to avoid them falling into hardship due to coronavirus.
"Care workers are unsung heroes of this crisis. They shouldn’t be at work if they have COVID-19 because of the risk to residents and other staff, however, they should not be pushed into poverty for missing a shift in these circumstances.
"This fund is supported by trade unions and will provide vital support. This is about saving lives and livelihoods.”