Do not leave Midlothian until Tuesday

Friday November 20th 2020

Midlothian Council

Written by Midlothian View Reporter, Luke Jackson

With new travel restrictions becoming law today (Friday) across Scotland, Midlothian Council’s Leader Councillor Derek Milligan is asking residents to abide by the law.

This means from 6pm Tonight, Friday 20 November, except for essential purposes, residents are not permitted to leave the Midlothian council area as it is still in Level 3.

From Tuesday 24 November some travel restrictions will be lifted. Midlothian will move into Level 2 and residents will be permitted to go into East Lothian (Level 2) and Scottish Borders (Level 2) but they cannot travel to Level 3 or Level 4 areas, for example Edinburgh and West Lothian. There are exceptions.

Councillor Milligan said staying local will help save lives and potentially local businesses. He said:

“Many thanks to local people who, by continuing to comply with the rules, have brought our infection rates down to the point we can now move into Level 2 on Tuesday. I know that it can be tempting to jump on the bus to head to Fort Kinnaird or the centre of Edinburgh but this will not be permitted from 6pm today.

“Midlothian has plenty of good shopping. Local retail businesses really need our support right now as many have been struggling. So to save lives and support the local economy please shop locally.”

Councillor Milligan added the council is working with Police Scotland. He explained the council funds additional community police teams and therefore there will be enhanced policing to ensure that people are not breaking the law. He said:

“We know this law is new but that is no excuse, this is serious and we need to protect our communities from the spread of the virus – that’s why this law is so important.”

Read more about the travel restrictions and exemptions

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