Falkirk police chief urges people to follow rules as sun shines and lockdown eases

Falkirk’s police chief has urged people to continue obeying the rules as the gradual easing of the coronavirus lockdown begins today.

By Jill Buchanan
Friday, 29th May 2020, 4:45 pm

Chief Inspector Chris Stewart, Falkirk Area Commander, said people should not see this as an opportunity to head to one of the district’s beauty spots, particularly as the temperatures have started to soar.

He also warned that his officers would deal robustly with any crime or anti-social behaviour.

He said: “The regulations are clear: people should only leave the house for very limited purposes, for example for basic necessities, for exercise or recreation, for medical needs or travelling for work which cannot be done from home.

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People are now allowed to sit in public parks, such as Callendar Park

"We are asking people to take personal responsibility to do the right thing and remember the purpose of these measures is to aid the collective effort to protect the NHS and save lives by preventing the virus from spreading.

"Our officers will continue to engage with the public, explain the legislation and guidance and encourage compliance. We will use enforcement as a last resort only where there is a clear breach of the legislation.

"We recognise that people have made significant sacrifices until now and while the temptation may be to head straight for one of our beauty spots, we would ask people to use their judgement and avoid going to places which are normally busy during the good weather.

"Complying with the legislation about meeting only one other household outdoors at any one time and following the Scottish Government's guidance about avoiding travelling long distances will stop our parks, beaches, lochs and hills from becoming over-crowded and help ensure appropriate physical distancing is maintained, reducing the spread of coronavirus.

Chief Inspector Chris Stewart, Falkirk Area Commander

"We want people to enjoy our outdoor spaces in Falkirk, such as the Helix, Callander Park and the other locations across Falkirk, safely. Officers will continue to robustly tackle crime and anti-social behaviour in our communities."