Police thank Forth Valley residents for following Covid restrictions - but issue enforcement powers warning

Police have thanked Forth Valley residents for continuing to comply with the Scottish Government’s Covid restrictions.

Friday, 16th April 2021, 12:30 pm

On the day rules on travel in mainland Scotland are relaxed, the force has urged the public to follow the latest guidance.

From today, people can meet outdoors in groups of up to six adults from six households.

Under the new guidance, members of the public are also permitted to travel across the country to do so, as long as they do not stay overnight.

Lockdown restrictions on travel have eased across mainland Scotland. Picture: Scott Louden.

Chief Superintendent Alan Gibson, Forth Valley Divisional Commander, said: “I would like to thank the vast majority of the Forth Valley community who are sticking to the rules to suppress the spread of coronavirus.

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“The sacrifices people have made have allowed some restrictions around travel and gatherings to be eased from Friday (today).

“We are going to see increased traffic on our roads and if you are visiting beauty spots then I would urge you to please do so safely and respectfully – leaving no trace of your visit. Please also park responsibly to allow emergency access.

“I would also remind people that, under the new restrictions, gatherings are limited to six people from six households meeting outdoors only.”

Detailing police enforcement powers, CS Gibson added: “Our approach throughout the pandemic has been to engage with the public, explain the legislation and encourage compliance, but we will not hesitate to use our enforcement powers as a last resort.

“This approach will continue as restrictions continue to be eased over the coming months.”

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