Clear advice on what you can and cannot do during lockdown
By Bill Heaney
Responding to today’s statement from First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, Jackie Baillie, MSP for Dumbarton, Vale of Leven, Helensburgh and the Lochside Constituency, has urged the public to continue to stick to the guidelines as we take the first steps out of lockdown.
The First Minister has announced that from Thursday 28 May, the following changes will be made to the current lockdown guidelines:
- You can sit in parks and other public, outdoor spaces.
- You can socialise with one other household in small groups and only outside.
- You can travel short distances (no more than 5 miles) for leisure and exercise but should remain close to home and travel by foot or bike whenever possible.
- School staff will return to schools.
- Essential childcare provision will be accessible and fully-outdoor nurseries will reopen.
- Those who can work from home should remain doing so
- Non-essential outdoor workplaces such as construction sites can reopen but with full distancing measures in place.
- Garden centres and plant nurseries will reopen with the correct distancing measures.
- Household waste recycling centres will reopen.
- Restarting some emergency elective surgeries and emergency dentistry.
This is Phase One of the route map out of lockdown, with a further three phases of gradual return to come but with no firm timetable on when these would happen.
All changes that have been introduced come with the requirement that full social distancing measures are still met. It is still recommended to wear face masks within supermarkets and you should wash our hands regularly – particularly when returning home from being in a public space.
Jackie Baillie MSP said: ““I know that the lockdown restrictions that are in place have been hugely disruptive to our lives. Families have now gone months without seeing each other, many people have had to cancel or postpone important life events like weddings and holidays and, for those who live alone, this has been a hugely lonely and isolating time.
“These changes have only been made possible because the vast majority of the public have been very diligent in following the existing guidelines. Progressing beyond Phase One will only be possible if these changes are given the same due diligence.
“It is important to reiterate that these changes do not begin until Thursday 28 May and I would encourage everyone to take a look at the Scottish Government’s route map so that there is no confusion about what you should and shouldn’t be doing.
“I will continue to fight to ensure that those who have been hardest hit from the virus – particularly those who have lost their jobs and now face an uncertain future – have all the support and protection needed in the short and long term.
“I urge our local community to stick to the guidance given in order to keep the most vulnerable in our society safe.”