People in Inverclyde to have their say on lockdown restrictions

SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT PUBLISHES UPDATE ON “LIFE BEYOND LOCKDOWN”

SNP MSP Stuart McMillan has urged the people of Inverclyde to have their say as the Scottish Government publishes an update on what life might look like when coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions are altered.

COVID-19: A Framework for Decision Making says the current lockdown is pushing the number of infectious cases down, but concludes that the virus continues to pose a serious threat to public health in Scotland.

The local MSP has also encouraged constituents in Inverclyde to read the Scottish Government’s “Test, Trace, Isolate, Support” paper, published yesterday, which will be a “key aspect” of the next phase of the battle against Coronavirus.

The testing and tracing strategy will work alongside other virus suppression measures, including physical distancing, hand washing and the use of face coverings. Thousands of contact tracing staff are also to be taken on, and new digital tools including an app are being developed.

Commenting, Stuart said:

“The decisions on how we come out of lockdown will affect all of us – so it’s important that these decisions are made as openly and collaboratively as possible, with councils, businesses, unions, public services and community groups in Inverclyde all forming part of the discussion.

“The Scottish Government has today launched an online forum that gives people the opportunity to offer their reflections on lockdown restrictions – and I’d urge everyone in Inverclyde to share any ideas they have on how we should move forward.

“There are no easy answers – but it is right for the Scottish Government to keep people up-to-date and be clear about the factors that inform decision making, and I’d encourage everyone locally to continue reading the official guidance and information published.

“For now, the advice for people in Inverclyde remains the same: staying at home and only making essential journeys is saving lives. Keeping physical distance in the limited circumstances when you have to be around people and continuing to regularly wash your hands are still the best way to reduce your risk of infection.

“Everyone in Inverclyde has a part to play in combatting this virus, and while I understand that these measures are difficult for all of us, but please do not become complacent or think they don’t apply to you because you believe yourself to be fit and healthy. These measures are saving lives and protecting our NHS only as far as they are followed.”

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