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Perthshire politicians have welcomed and echoed the strong message from the First Minister on the importance of sticking to the ‘Stay at Home’ message and the rules about travel and visiting other households. 

Following the Scottish Government’s daily briefing, Ms Roseanna Cunningham MSP said:

“During today’s daily briefing, the First Minister thanked the vast majority of people who have stuck to the rules following the slight easing of the lockdown.  However, she also made clear her disappointment that not everyone over the weekend was sticking to those rules, with a five-fold increase in the incidence of police having to move people on.

“The FM also highlighted cases where people were driving more than five miles to beauty spots and that, in some cases, people were staying overnight in tents, caravans or motorhomes, behaviour which, sadly, I have seen and had reported to me here in Perthshire South & Kinross-shire.

“I welcome and echo both the First Minister’s message that this is unacceptable and her warning that unnecessary travel and meeting in large groups risks spreading the virus.

“We all need to be very aware that it will not take much for the number of cases to start to rise again which will, in turn, mean an increase in loss of life.  Nobody wants to see that happen, so to avoid spreading of the disease and restrictions being re-imposed, rather than relaxed, I urge everyone to comply with the rules.”

Mr John Swinney MP, Member of the Scottish Parliament for the Perthshire North constituency, added:

“There have been a number of incidents in my constituency since the lockdown rules were eased and I am disappointed to hear that at least one required a hospital visit. I would urge people to continue to stay at home as much as possible and limit the time they are choosing to spend away from home.

“Making multiple unnecessary trips runs the serious risk of the virus spreading further and could result in a second spike of the virus. If that happens, we will almost inevitably have to restrict what people will be able to do further, and in turn ruin all the sacrifices we have all had to make so far.

“I completely understand the desire to get out and about, but please follow the rules and we can move on to the next phase sooner.”

Mr Pete Wishart, Member of Parliament for Perth & North Perthshire, continued:

“For over two months, we have all made significant sacrifices in order to get to grips with COVID and ensure we are best equipped to deal with it.

“To that end, it is hugely disappointing to see the progress we have all made together be undermined and threatened by a minority of people.

“It is crucial that we closely follow the guidelines in place. Failure to do so could see us end up in a situation where more stringent lockdown measures are necessary once more.”

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NOTE: Full text of the First Minister’s daily briefing message is available online here.

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