Scots heed advice to stay away from cafes and pubs

Chief constable Iain Livingstone thanked all those who had complied with the advice in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Advice: People are staying away from pubs. clubs and restaurants. Pixabay
Advice: People are staying away from pubs. clubs and restaurants.

The “overwhelming majority” of Scots have complied with health advice and are staying away from pubs, clubs and restaurants, the country’s most senior police officer said.

Chief constable Iain Livingston also assured Scots that those caught breaking the law would continue to be “dealt with appropriately” as the country gets to grips with strengthened measures to tackle the coronavirus.

On Friday all pubs, bars, clubs, restaurants and cafes were told to close due to the pandemic.

Chief constable Livingstone thanked all those who had followed the guidance, issued by both Prime Minister Boris Johnson and First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

He said: “I would like to thank the overwhelming majority of people who are already complying for their assistance and cooperation.

“The response to coronavirus has been fast moving and I would urge everyone to do what they can to comply with the advice from Government and the health service to keep people safe.”

He said the force is monitoring the legislation in relation to Covid-19 and is “considering what the implications for policing will be”.

He warned: “In the meantime, those breaking the law will be dealt with appropriately to ensure the public is kept safe from risk and harm as we continue to police the country.”

All social and entertainment venues, including theatres, cinemas, gyms and leisure centres, have also been told to close.

Chief Constable Iain Livingstone QPM has thanked the overwhelming majority of people for observing the government…

Posted by Police Scotland on Saturday, 21 March 2020

Chief constable Livingston added: “You should also stay informed about developments and reflect on the implications of them on how you go about your lives during these difficult days. 

“To be clear, no public houses or other entertainment venues should be opening for patrons until further notice.

“Our dedicated officers and staff are working round the clock to support the magnificent work of health professionals and wider society as we work collectively to protect our fellow citizens.

“I urge everyone to play their part in the national effort.”

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