Richard Lochhead

Level 4 jump is a preventative measure to protect everyone says MSP Richard Lochhead

Moray MSP Richard Lochhead has responded to widespread upset that Moray will move into Level 4 on Boxing Day along with highly-populated Level 3 areas in the Central Belt. The county has experienced the lowest infection on the mainland, and has remained in Level 1 since the tier system was introduced last month. Local authority … Read more

Tesco puts three-item limit on essentials as panic buyers start stock piling

Panic buyers are once again stripping the supermarket shelves of essentials, as fears of a second wave hit home. Tesco have responded immediately by rationing items such as toilet roll, pasta, UHT milk in a bid to curtail to the rush on the things people tend to stockpile. This comes as Scotland and the UK … Read more

Gordon Brailsford, Mosset Tavern

Curfew will impact on business and staff says landlord

A pub owner in Forres has said the 10pm curfew being introduced throughout Scotland tonight to slow the spread of Covid-19 will hit his trade, just as he brought staff out of furlough. The curfew, which affects all bars, pubs and restaurants was announced on Monday by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and comes into force … Read more

Scotland records highest number of infections as second wave grips

Scotland has today (23 September) recorded its highest number of infections in one day, surpassing the first wave record high of 430 by 56. However, the increase in infections is not reflected by a proportinate increase in hispitalisations and deaths likely due to the higher number of tests being conducted. In the ‘first wave’ the … Read more

Six young adults at a bar

The new ‘Rule of Six’ and what it means for you

From today, social gatherings of more than six people are now banned as coronavirus infections continue to increase. Enforceable by law, people face fines of up to £3,200 if they do not comply. The UK recorded more than 3330 new cases yesterday (Sunday) with 244 in Scotland, the highest since mid-May. The highest number of … Read more

1496, high street

‘Eat Out’ deals continue into September as owners bounce back with their own offers

September eating out offers If you know of any more, let us know by email, or by calling 01309 255060 Cafe 1496 (01309 358120), High Street Ramnee Hotel (01309 672410), High Street Red Lion, Tolbooth Street If you know of a deal, or run an establishment with a deal, please email Cafes and restaurants … Read more

Kilted Fudge Closed in Forres

Oh Fudge! Coronavirus restrictions make re-opening of sweet shop ‘unviable’

The Kilted Fudge shop at the east end of the high street won’t re-open owners have stated, due to restrictions of Covid-19 and social distancing making it ‘unviable’. In an announcement on their Facebook page, Chris Lewis and Steve Bruce, who opened in Forres town centre just under 18 months ago, said they had exciting … Read more

Shopping locally is ‘absolutely essential’ for recovery of economy says Moray’s MSP

Richard Lochhead MSP met with local businesses in Forres recently to discuss the challenges of coronavirus and to hear about the steps they’ve put in place to keep customers and staff safe. Mr Lochhead visited the Mackenzie and Cruickshank Garden Centre, Café Fika and Macbeth’s Butcher, a local business which reported an incredible upturn in … Read more

Forres Loves Local

Who is your high street hero?

An award to recognise the efforts of those who have gone above and beyond to support their communities during Covid-19 has been launched by the Scottish Towns Partnership. Nominations are being sought for the High Street Heroes awards as part of the nationwide campaign urging people to shop in their home town, Scotland Loves Local. Special awards … Read more