Cops able to fine those who breach con­tain­ment rules

East Kilbride News - - CORONAVIRU­S COVID-19 -

FRASER WIL­SON

The peo­ple of East Kil­bride have been told to do their bit to help Scot­land beat the coro­n­avirus epi­demic.

Four­teen peo­ple have now died in Scot­land, with over 11,000 deaths worldwide.

And that saw the Scot­tish and UK Govern­ments im­ple­ment new con­tain­ment reg­u­la­tions, with new laws to help gov­ern com­ing into play later in the week.

Ad­dress­ing the na­tion on Mon­day night, Boris John­son said the peo­ple of Bri­tain had all been “en­listed” in the fight against COVID-19.

The Prime Min­is­ter or­dered peo­ple to leave their homes only un­der a list of “very lim­ited pur­poses”, say­ing we faced a “mo­ment of na­tional emer­gency”.

He re­it­er­ated that stay­ing at home was nec­es­sary to pro­tect the NHS, save lives and tackle “the big­gest threat this coun­try has faced for decades”.

That was re­it­er­ated by First Min­is­ter Ni­cola Stur­geon, who said the mea­sures amounted to a nec­es­sary “lock­down”.

Over 500 peo­ple in Scot­land have now tested pos­i­tive for COVID-19 and now all shops sell­ing non-es­sen­tial goods and ser­vices have been told they must close.

Pub­lic gath­er­ings of more than two peo­ple who do not live to­gether are to be pro­hib­ited, and peo­ple have been asked to leave their house spar­ingly.

Ms Stur­geon added: “Let me blunt; the strin­gent restrictio­ns on our nor­mal day-to­day lives that I’m about to set out are dif­fi­cult and they are un­prece­dented.

“They amount ef­fec­tively to what has been de­scribed as a lock­down. I am not go­ing to sug­ar­coat it in any way – coro­n­avirus is the big­gest chal­lenge of our life­time.

“Stay at home. That is the mes­sage I gave yes­ter­day and I am re­in­forc­ing that mes­sage now.”

A list will be pub­lished later in the week de­tail­ing what was be­ing im­posed, with Po­lice Scot­land to step up pa­trols in sup­port of new gov­ern­ment ‘so­cial dis­tanc­ing’ mea­sures.

En­force­ment pow­ers for the po­lice will also be un­veiled later this week, and will “likely take the form of fines”.

Chief Con­sta­ble Iain Liv­ing­stone said: “We are fully be­hind the new mea­sures an­nounced by the UK and Scot­tish Govern­ments to in­crease so­cial dis­tanc­ing, and I urge and ex­pect ev­ery­one to com­ply with them.

“We are aware of the pro­posed leg­is­la­tion in re­la­tion to coro­n­avirus and are care­fully con­sid­er­ing the im­pli­ca­tions in this very fast mov­ing sit­u­a­tion, which presents the gravest of threats to the na­tion.

“In the mean­time, Po­lice Scot­land has a clear, pos­i­tive duty to both pro­tect life and im­prove the safety and well­be­ing of peo­ple across Scot­land, while sup­port­ing the gov­ern­ment and health agen­cies in our fight against this pan­demic.

“There­fore, un­til the new leg­is­la­tion is in place, we will be in­creas­ing po­lice pa­trols in key ar­eas across the coun­try to en­gage with and pro­vide guid­ance to any­one in con­tra­ven­tion of the mea­sures.”

Peo­ple have been told they should only leave the house for es­sen­tial shop­ping, like food or medicines, and only once a day.

Ex­er­cise once a day and alone, or with some­one from your house­hold, is per­mit­ted as is ven­tur­ing out for med­i­cal rea­sons or for the care of vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple.

Travel to and from es­sen­tial work is also per­mit­ted, how­ever, all em­ploy­ers should be mak­ing pro­vi­sion to work from home.

All non-es­sen­tial shops will be re­quired to close, with li­braries, com­mu­nal places within parks and places of wor­ship forced to close.

Ms Stur­geon said that, from Mon­day night, there should be no cel­e­bra­tory events in­volv­ing groups of peo­ple, there­fore no wed­dings, no chris­ten­ings.

She ex­pressed her sad­ness at hav­ing to im­pose a re­stric­tion on fu­ner­als to im­me­di­ate fam­ily only, but said this was “nec­es­sary”.

She added: “If we do all of th­ese things, if all of us do all of th­ese things, if we all agree, how­ever dif­fi­cult, to re­strict our own lives for a pe­riod then many fewer of us will die of this virus than would oth­er­wise be the case.

“Let’s all do what we are be­ing asked to do now to pro­tect our own health and that of oth­ers and to show love and sol­i­dar­ity for our fel­low cit­i­zens.”

Must ad­here Scenes like this out­side McDon­alds in East Kil­bride, will not be al­lowed. Hun­dreds queued for take­away af­ter the com­pany an­nounced it was to close. In­set, Chief Con­sta­ble Liv­ing­stone

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