Monday May 11th 2020
Written by Midlothian View Reporter, Luke Jackson
Local MSP Christine Grahame has called on people in Midlothian to continue to comply with Scottish lockdown rules following changes to the rules in England announced by the Prime Minister which has altered the English campaign slogan and asked more people to return to work.
In Scotland, the rules and #StayHomeSaveLives campaign remain the same, except people now being able to go out for exercise as many times in the day as they wish, provided they adhere to social distancing – previously this was limited to one hour, once per day. No one should be travelling for exercise and no non-essential journeys should be made.
The Scottish Government has also invited the public to have their say on the next staged of lockdown at www.ideas.gov.scot/covid-19-a-framework-for-decision-making.
Commenting Ms Grahame said:
“Our message remains the same – stay home, protect the NHS and save lives. There is evidence that we are seeing progress and that the difficult sacrifices we are making are working, however, this progress remains fragile.
“The margins for ensuring the virus does not take off again remain tight – we are at a pivotal point. Any decision on the next stages of lockdown will be based on the science, not the politics, and the spread of the virus in Scotland.
“The Scottish Government has been clear that lockdown will not be kept in place for a moment longer than is necessary. Restrictions will be kept under constant review, and the Scottish Government will set out a phased approach to relieving some of the pressure of lockdown as soon as it can.
“But for now, it remains vital that we continue to adhere to measures to slow down the spread of the virus. Everyone in Scotland should be staying at home whenever possible and physical distancing rules, hand hygiene and cough etiquette must be maintained to ensure progress is not lost and this pandemic is beaten once and for all.”
The rules currently in place in Scotland are available here: https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-framework-decision-making-further-information/pages/8/Tweet Share on Facebook