Falkirk area residents urged to stick to Covid-19 safety rules

On the day face coverings become mandatory in Scotland’s shops, Falkirk district residents are being urged to continue following the rules to suppress the spread of Covid-19.

By Jonathon Reilly
Friday, 10th July 2020, 12:30 pm

With stores beginning to reopen across the country, customers must, as of today, wear a mask when shopping.

Face coverings became mandatory on all public transport in Scotland on June 22, although children under five are exempt from this rule, along with those with certain medical conditions.

A group of business figures have come together to encourage the public to play their part in keeping Scotland safe and open.

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The wearing of face coverings on all forms of public transport became mandatory on June 22. Picture: Michael Gillen.

The campaign, which features Josh Littlejohn MBE, Pheona Matovu, Cally Russell, Susan Doherty and Chloe Milligan among others, emphasises the progress achieved so far and encourages everyone to continue their work towards a brighter future.

Those involved stress they’ve only been able to open thanks to the collective efforts of the people of Scotland.

Josh Littlejohn, founder of Social Bite, said: “I’m really proud to be involved in this campaign.

"Over the last 14 weeks Social Bite has distributed over 400,000 emergency food packs to Scotland's most vulnerable people and we have only been able to do that thanks to support from the Scottish Government, the public and the amazing generosity of the Scottish business community.

“It's been a tough time for so many of our friends in the business world and we’ve been looking forward to hospitality and other industries opening.

“However, our businesses can only reopen thanks to the sacrifices people have made and we need to ensure those weren’t for nothing.

“So please, do come in and visit us at our Social Bite cafes and our Vesta restaurant! But please do so whilst following the social distancing and face covering guidance. The more we do now, the better the outcome in the long run.”

Jeane Freeman, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport, said: “Covid-19 cases in Scotland are currently very low thanks to everyone’s collective efforts.

“But as we lift the measures that have kept it under control, the risks of transmission increase again. It stands to reason that as we start to interact more, we provide more opportunities for the virus to spread.

“So in everything we do, particularly as we get out and about a bit more, we should be conscious of every possible bridge we might be providing for the virus to spread from one person to another or one household to another.

“Our public health campaign, FACTS, summarises the five key things all of us should remember and abide by if we are to keep this virus at bay.

“By following these five basic measures, we will we be able to drive the virus down further, and live less restricted lives in the weeks and months ahead.”

People in Scotland are urged to follow the government ‘FACTS’ guidelines to stay safe and protect others as the country moves through different lockdown phases.

The acronym helps people remember to wear face coverings, avoid crowded places, clean hands and surfaces regularly, maintain two-metre physical distancing and self-isolate and book a test if you have coronavirus symptoms.

For more information, visit the Scottish Government website.

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