Midlothian MSP asks locals to follow new Covid rules

Local MSP Christine Grahame has asked people in Midlothian to ensure they are following the latest coronavirus guidance.

Monday, 28th September 2020, 7:20 am
Picture : John Devlin. 14/09/2020.

The new restrictions focus on no indoor household visits, with some exceptions, and a 10pm closing time for all hospitality settings. The First Minister said that this action is necessary in order to prevent a resurgence in community transmission of the virus and the potential for a rapid return to the pressures the NHS experienced earlier in the year.

The restrictions will be reviewed within three weeks and further guidance will made available where necessary, however currently they include:

Inside people’s homes

- Do not meet people from any other households in your home or another person’s home.

- These rules also apply to children of all ages.

- Children whose parents do not live in the same household can move between homes, as can non-cohabiting couples.

- Very limited exemptions apply for childcare, and for tradespeople, single adults in a “bubble” such as a grandparent living alone, or for medical or caring support.

Private gardens or public outdoors spaces

- A maximum of six people from two households can meet in outdoor spaces

- You should limit as far as possible the total number of households you meet in a day

- Under-12s do not count towards the maximum number for two households of six.

- A maximum of six 12 to 17 year olds can meet in outdoor spaces, with no household limit.

- Physical distancing is required in all these outdoor examples.

Indoors in public spaces

- A maximum of 6 people from 2 households can meet in public indoor spaces such as cafes, pubs and restaurants socially distancing

- Children under 12 from those 2 households do not count towards the limits

Hospitality

- Pubs, restaurants and all hospitality settings will be required to close at 10pm

- Table service will continue to be required in all hospitality premises

Car sharing

- You should only car share with members of your own, or extended, household, and follow guidance when there is no alternative

Working

- You must continue to work from home where possible.

Ms Grahame, SNP MSP for Midlothian South, said: “I fully understand the stress and disappointment that these restrictions will cause. Unfortunately action - and adherence to restrictions - is needed now to safeguard lives, protect from infection and bring the R number down below one.

“Because of the sacrifices we all made to drive infection levels down over the summer, the growth in cases is from a low base and currently far less rapid than in March - these measures are however essential in ensuring we do not let this virus get out of control again.

“While these measures are tough, they can make a significant difference while keeping our schools, public services and as many businesses open as far as possible. Following these restrictions properly now will help ensure we don’t need to bring in further restrictions or enter another full lockdown.”