Arran residents urged to follow lockdown guidelines

Chief Superintendent Faroque Hussain said that police would support and encourage lockdown compliance but would act decisively with wilful breaches.

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People on Arran are being urged by Ayrshire’s chief superintendent and the NHS director of public health to follow the current lockdown guidelines to help stop the spread of coronavirus in the community.

NHS Ayrshire and Arran’s director of public health, Lynne McNiven, said: ‘We are at a crucial time locally for controlling the spread of Covid-19.

‘This phase of the pandemic is having the greatest impact on our communities in terms of positive cases, numbers admitted to hospital and sadly deaths. This is placing great strain on every aspect of the health care system.

‘The guidance currently says to stay at home. You should now only leave the house for essential reasons like: getting food or medicines, any medical need, exercise, to support a vulnerable person or for work where you can’t work from home.

‘We cannot meet other households indoors and a maximum of two people, aged 12 and over, can meet outdoors if they are not from the same household.

‘Social distancing rules apply in all vehicles as well as in buildings.

‘Scottish Government advice is that you should only travel with members of your own or extended household.

‘However, we know this may not always be possible in which case precautions should be taken to reduce the risk of Covid-19 transmission such as: sit as far apart as possible in the vehicle, maintain good ventilation by keeping the car windows open, wear a face mask and clean the door handles and other areas that people touch.

‘Remember that if one person tests positive for Covid-19, all people travelling with them in the vehicle are at risk of contracting Covid-19 and will be required to self-isolate.

‘If any one of us breaches the current guidance, there is a significant risk that we could make our family, friends and other close contacts unwell. We also risk setting back the date for the re-opening schools, workplaces and businesses.’

Chief Superintendent Faroque Hussain, divisional commander for Ayrshire, said: ‘We fully recognise the impact these further restrictions have on people’s lives. However, it is clear that significant sacrifices are vital to help suppress the spread of coronavirus.

‘The chief constable has made it clear that our approach throughout the pandemic has not changed. Police Scotland officers will continue to support people to follow the regulations and encourage them to take personal responsibility.

‘People should not leave their homes unless for essential purposes and the best way to stay safe is to stay at home.

‘We have increased patrols in our communities to explain the regulations and to encourage people to do the right thing. Where officers encounter wilful breaches they will act decisively to enforce the law.’