With cases of COVID-19 continuing to be reported, the Depute Council Leader is re-iterating the importance of everyone continuing to follow Protection Level 2 restrictions – including on travel.

Key points:

  • People should not travel from Level 2 areas such as East Lothian into Level 3 or 4 local authority areas, unless it is essential
  • Edinburgh remains in Level 3 at this time
  • People should not travel from Level 3 or 4 areas into East Lothian if their journey is unnecessary
  • Travel restrictions were put into law last month
  • There continue to be restrictions on meeting others socially - this includes not meeting anyone who is not from your household indoors in your home or in their home

You can read more about the requirements of Protection Level 2 on the Scottish Government website.

There is also a page with specific travel advice. 

Norman Hampshire, Depute Council Leader, said:

“While the move to Protection Level 2 was welcome and reflected progress in tackling COVID-19, we have seen new cases being reported in East Lothian which is a matter of great concern.

“The arrival of a vaccine is welcome but the reality is that it will be some considerable time until we see the full effects of this in terms of getting back to a situation which starts to look and feel like ‘normal’.

“The restrictions are hugely frustrating for everyone and this situation has gone on far longer than anyone would have wanted. But we are determined not to undo the welcome progress that has been made and by everyone playing their part we can continue saving lives and protect our loved ones.

“If you live in East Lothian, please do not travel into a Level 3 area such as Edinburgh. There are some exemptions and more information is on the Scottish Government website. It's also important for people to be aware of what you can and cannot do for meeting others socially.

“Continue to use the fantastic shops we have here in East Lothian – more of them are selling products online if you are not visiting the high street. Our ‘Stay Safe, Support Local, Love East Lothian’ campaign highlights that, whatever products or services you’re looking for, it’s likely you’ll find them here in East Lothian.

“East Lothian is well known for its fantastic hospitality but I’m afraid it’s not possible for people from Level 3 or 4 areas to visit us for non-essential purposes at this time. Visitors can be assured of a typically warm welcome at our friendly businesses and wonderful attractions – when it is safe to do so. 

“Nobody wants to see the return of more severe restrictions in the event of increased virus prevalence. Please do the right thing – it is hugely important, to help ourselves and each other.”

Published: Friday, 11th December 2020