Shops safely open

Monday June 29th 2020


Written by Midlothian View Reporter, Luke Jackson

Local MSP Christine Grahame has encouraged people in Midlothian to safely shop local as retail businesses across the country prepare to re-open today. Under the move to phase two of the Scottish Government’s route map out of lockdown street-access retail can now re-open once guidance is implemented with today also marking the easing of restrictions on housing moves, outdoor markets, the construction sector, factories, warehouses and labs and research facilities.

The re-opening is underpinned by a new Scottish Government campaign to ensure shopping is safe. The national campaign, which includes posters for retailers, encourages the public to enjoy shopping again as they safely support businesses in their local area by paying attention to signs, guidance and instructions from shop staff, to shop outside of peak hours and to follow current health guidance. This includes the wearing of face coverings.

Ms Grahame, MSP for Midlothian, South Tweeddale and Lauderdale said:

“We have great businesses in Midlothian which I know people will be keen to frequent again when they feel ready. These businesses have been hard hit by COVID-19 restrictions and, with the retail sector being one of Scotland’s largest employers, this represents a significant step towards the recovery of our economy.

“This reopening is possible because of progress made in tackling COVID-19 due to the vast majority of us complying with lockdown rules but it’s important to remember that the virus hasn’t gone away and the risk, whilst reduced, is still very much there. We must follow the guidance to ensure we don’t go backwards in suppressing it.

“As well as following directions in store, face coverings are an important part of you protecting other customers and staff whilst shopping. If we all wear one (with exceptions for the very young and those with certain medical conditions) we protect each other. These should not be medical grade face masks and need not be bought ones – my own is homemade, repurposed from a pillow case and there’s plenty of “how to” guides available on making one if you’d like to do similar. You could have fun customising it.

“The important point is that when applying or removing the covering you should wash your hands, avoiding touching your face, and after each use you should wash the face covering at at least 60 degrees centigrade. Also be mindful that face coverings are an “add on” – they don’t negate the need for proper social distancing and hygiene measures.”

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