“I welcome the latest statement from the First Minister threatening to bring in stronger legislation to strengthen the Coronavirus Lockdown Laws”, said Cllr Kenny MacLaren (SNP – Paisley Northwest).
At her daily press conference on Monday 1st June, the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon MSP, raised her concern that a sizeable minority of people are ignoring the guidance relating to the lockdown. This includes limits on travel, meeting people from other households and gathering in groups.
Cllr Kenny MacLaren said;
“I know some people are finding it difficult staying at home but there is a good reason for the lockdown – it aims to save lives by stopping the spread of coronavirus.
“As the First Minister highlighted, there is a concern that a sizeable minority are breaching the guidance and that this will mean stronger legislation being introduced to tackle those who ignore the guidance.
“There have been reports from all over Scotland – including Renfrewshire – where groups of more than 8 people from two households have gathered, ignoring physical distancing guidance, potentially spreading the coronavirus and potentially leading to a second spike in coronavirus cases.
“I would welcome any increase in powers to allow the police to enforce the lockdown rules more strictly, including road checks to stop people travelling too far from their homes.
“It’s important that everyone in Scotland follows the guidance issued by the Scottish Government – we have to protect lives and stop the spread of the coronavirus.”