Jackie Baillie MSP and Balloch on a busy weekend. Pictures by Bill Heaney and Bruce Biddulph.

By Bill Heaney

Jackie Baillie, MSP for Dumbarton, Vale of Leven, Helensburgh and Lomond  constituency, is urging constituents to strictly follow Scottish and UK Government advice to stay at home.

The MSP has also called for a full lockdown following local reports that Arrochar, Luss and Balloch were still busy with visitors at the weekend and that pubs and hotels were still holding functions.

Official government advice is to stay at home and only go out when it is necessary to do so.

Individuals should avoid socialising in groups and should stay at least two metres away from others at all times.

It has been confirmed that individuals can contract coronavirus without experiencing any symptoms.

The public are being encouraged to stay at home even if they feel well as they could be passing on the virus to more vulnerable people.

Jackie Baillie MSP said:  “I cannot stress enough the importance of staying at home during this pandemic. Local residents should not be socialising and you should only be making trips to the supermarket when you are in need of necessities.

“This virus is ruthless and you can pass it on to others without you being aware that you are carrying it. For them the consequences could be fatal. For the sake of your own health and the health of those around you please do not go out unless you have to.

“I have called on the Scottish and UK Governments to introduce a full lock down in order to help fight the spread of Covid-19. It is vital that we all play our part in order to reduce the strain on our health services and to protect the most vulnerable in our communities.”

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