Police Scotland has reported that over the next few weeks there will be “increased patrols” in Scottish neighbourhoods to ensure that Scots comply with Covid’s lockdown regulations.
This comes after new steps to tackle the spread of the new, highly transmissible Covid 19 strain were announced today by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon – by bringing the nation back into complete lockdown, similar to when the pandemic started.
The police approach to dealing with the coronavirus pandemic “has not changed,” Chief Constable Iain Livingstone said, and officers will continue to take action against those “deliberately violating the law.”
Mr. Livingstone said, “Officers and personnel have worked extremely hard to keep people safe throughout the pandemic, and in the days and weeks ahead, our visible presence will be increased.”
In order to clarify the regulations and encourage people to do the right thing, we will be raising patrols in our communities,”We will be increasing patrols in our communities to explain the regulations and encourage people to do the right thing,”
Where officers witness intentional breaches, they may act decisively to uphold the law.
“The vast majority of people have stepped up to take responsibility, and our resolve and collective efforts to combat this virus must now continue in the difficult times ahead.”
In all areas currently under Level 4 constraints – mainland Scotland and Skye – a legally enforceable stay-at-home order will be in effect during January.
Only people from two different households will be required to leave their homes for a “essential purpose” and only two individuals from two different households can meet outside, rather than the previous limit of six individuals from two households.
Mr. Livingstone said, “I am fully aware of the impact on the lives of people that these further restrictions will have.”
It is clear, however, that the significant sacrifices that people are making across Scotland are necessary for the spread of coronavirus to be controlled.
Throughout the pandemic, our strategy did not change. Officers from Police Scotland will continue to urge individuals to comply and encourage them to take personal responsibility.
People, unless it is absolutely required, should not leave their homes.
“The best way to protect yourself is to stay at home.”