Cops able to fine those who breach containment rules
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