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  2. Nationwide move to level 4 an 'over-reaction' says Dumfries and Galloway Council leader

    Giancarlo Rinaldi

    South Scotland reporter, BBC news website

    Dumfries and Galloway Council leader Elaine Murray says she feels taking the region from level one to level four on 26 December is too extreme.

    "In my personal view placing the whole of mainland Scotland in level four on Boxing Day is an over-reaction," she says.

    "Dumfries and Galloway will have been in level one for 15 days by then and so far we have continued to meet the criteria for that level.

    "It feels as if businesses in Dumfries and Galloway are being penalised for problems elsewhere in the country - many businesses must be despairing now."