Local residents are being thanked for their ongoing help in addressing the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Although many lockdown restrictions have been eased, the identification of new cases in Aberdeen which has led to the re-introduction of certain restrictions in the city has highlighted the serious risk which all areas still face.

East Lothian Council is therefore re-iterating the steps we can all take to continue keeping ourselves and others safe.

Fragility and risk

Depute Council Leader Norman Hampshire said:

“Since the arrival of the virus here in Scotland, East Lothian residents have been playing their part in helping to curb its spread.

“Local people have been adhering to national health and government advice whilst complying with lockdown restrictions. We’re very grateful to everyone for their support as well as to the many hard-working volunteers who have been helping others in their community.

“While progress has been made and aspects of lockdown have been eased, the recent announcement of particular restrictions returning to the city of Aberdeen, less than 100 miles away from us here, highlights the real fragility and risk which COVID-19 continues to pose.

Remember FACTS

“For that reason there can be room for complacency. It’s absolutely essential that, before leaving home, we all plan how we will keep safe and minimise risk to ourselves, our loved ones and others. National public health advice is to remember FACTS:

  • Face coverings in enclosed spaces, within shops and on public transport
  • Avoid crowded places
  • Clean your hands and surfaces regularly
  • Two-metre social distancing
  • Self-isolate and book a test if you develop coronavirus symptoms

Following these simple steps can, in the fullness of time, help us emerge from what has been an immensely challenging period.

Enjoy East Lothian safely and responsibly

“In recent weeks, it has been pleasing that we have been able to get out and more – see friends and family, visit some of our favourite places and support local businesses.

“We want everyone to be able to continue doing so – safely and responsibly.

“That’s why, if you are visiting somewhere in East Lothian such as a beauty spot or one of our town centres, we ask that you park in a designated parking space and with consideration for others, including fellow motorists, pedestrians and cyclists. It is not acceptable for vehicles to be block the movements of others – it can be dangerous and prevent physical distancing. Please park in safe places, avoid parking on narrow country roads particularly where sight lines are limited.  Inappropriate parking will face enforcement action – penalty charge notices have been issued – last weekend 123 were issued.

“Many of our coastal and countryside areas have been extremely busy in recent weeks. With physical distancing being so important, it’s really crucial that we avoid crowds and make sure we give ourselves plenty of space – for our own benefit as well as that of others.

“We would also ask that people visiting our open spaces please bin or take rubbish away with them. This helps others enjoy our wonderful natural environment and supports our staff who can focus on other work at a time when are fully-focused on the continued response to the pandemic.

“We are a long way from being out of the woods. 

“We are very grateful to East Lothian communities and visitors for their support.”

Published: Thursday, 6th August 2020