Borderers urged to keep off the streets during Covid-19 lockdown

People across the Borders are adapting to life under new measures designed to curb the spread of coronavirus.

Galashiels High Street, 12.33 pm
Galashiels High Street, 12.33 pm

It’s been almost two weeks since UK prime minister Boris Johnston announced strict social distancing measures requiring us all to stay at home as much as possible, and Borderers have been heeding his advice, with town centres deserted and almost all nonessential shops closing their doors to customers.

Scottish Borders Council chief executive Tracey Logan this week urged Borderers to continue to comply with the nationwide lockdown in a bid to slow down the spread of the virus.

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“Everyone must play their part during this challenging time,” she said.

“Unfortunately, we are hearing reports of some residents ignoring this advice and putting lives at risk, including their own.

“The social distancing guidance is for everyone and we should all be avoiding any contact with people outside our immediate families in order to reduce the spread of coronavirus.

“Only go to the shop for essential food, health or work reasons. If you go to the shops, get what you need in one go and do not make several visits.

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“Follow the guidance around keeping two metres away from people and wash your hands regularly.”

A Police Scotland spokeswoman added: “We will act with discretion and common sense in applying these measures and we expect the public to act responsibly, staying at home in order to save lives.

“However, if we believe you have broken these rules and you are 16 or over – or you refuse to follow their instructions – a police officer may issue you with a fixed-penalty notice for £60, reduced to £30 if paid within 28 days.

“If a person has already received a fixed-penalty notice, the amount will increase to £120 and double on each further repeat offence up to a maximum of £960.

“The government will keep this under review and increase the penalties if it becomes clear it is necessary to ensure compliance.”