Local residents thanked for observing outdoor exercise guidelines

People living in East Lothian are being thanked for their on-going co-operation in following the vital Scottish Government ‘lockdown’ advice.

The First Minister announced on Sunday that, whilst people can now go outside more than once a day to exercise, this activity should be undertaken close to home. People should exercise alone or with members of their household.

All other aspects of Scottish Government advice in relation to the lockdown remain in place.

Depute Council Leader Norman Hampshire said: “East Lothian residents continue to play their part in helping to stop the spread of coronavirus. From caring for fellow residents to following national advice on social distancing, we’re very grateful to everyone for their efforts during such a difficult period. I understand how difficult it is but we will get through this together and continue to support one another.

“The First Minister has made it clear that the core principles of lockdown in Scotland remain the same – people should stay at home to help save lives and protect the NHS.

“While it has been announced that we can now go outside more than once a day to exercise, it is really important that people continue to exercise locally close to their home – alone or with people they live with.

“While East Lothian is renowned for its natural beauty and fantastic places to visit, people should continue to avoid unnecessary travel and follow health and social distancing advice.   The message in Scotland is clear to ‘Stay at Home’ and the public ‘should not be travelling to beauty spots’ and ‘they should continue to take their exercise locally’

“Our coastal car parks and children’s play areas remain closed. People should not be visiting open spaces for activities such as picnics or sunbathing at this time.

“The Scottish Government has said that the change to the advice on going outside for exercise only will be monitored carefully and reviewed.

“At East Lothian Council we remain focused on responding to the challenges resulting from the emergency and will continue to work with other agencies and follow national advice to help curb the spread of coronavirus and keep our residents safe.”

“Your actions during this crisis are working, by keeping to the principles of the lockdown we will beat this virus and move to a phase where some of the restrictions can be eased and we can return to a more normal routine.”

Published: Tuesday, 12th May 2020