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Mainland Argyll and Bute remains in coronavirus level two after the latest Scottish Government review.
From Friday December 18, however, islanders on Islay, Jura, Colonsay and Ornosay; Coll, Tiree and Mull, Iona, Ulva, Erraid and Gometra can meet in houses in groups of up to six, from a maximum of two households.
Not on the list, though, is Gigha, which remains in level two due to its proximity to and accessibility from the mainland.
Argyll and Bute MP Brendan O’Hara welcomed the development, adding: ‘This is the news so many constituents have been waiting to hear.
‘Island communities have worked so hard to keep transmission of the virus low – and in some cases non-existent – and I am delighted that the first minister has recognised this.’
He added a note of caution: ‘However, like the first minister, I cannot stress enough how important it is that no-one becomes complacent; we must all stick to the rules regarding hygiene and social distancing.’