PUBLIC IN RUTHERGLEN AND CAMBUSLANG TO HAVE THEIR SAY ON LOCKDOWN RESTRICTIONS

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PUBLIC IN RUTHERGLEN AND CAMBUSLANG TO HAVE THEIR SAY ON LOCKDOWN RESTRICTIONS

Rutherglen MSP Clare Haughey is encouraging locals to get involved as the Scottish Government published an update on what life might look like when coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions are altered.

COVID-19: A Framework for Decision Making says the current lockdown is pushing the number of infectious cases down, but concludes that the virus continues to pose a serious threat to public health in Scotland. As part of this publication, the government has launched an online forum that gives people the opportunity to offer their reflections on lockdown restrictions.

Clare Haughey MSP is also urging her constituents to read the Scottish Government’s “Test, Trace, Isolate, Support” paper, which will be a “key aspect” of the next phase of the battle against coronavirus.

The testing and tracing strategy will work alongside other virus suppression measures, including physical distancing, hand washing and the use of face coverings. Thousands of contact tracing staff are also to be taken on, and new digital tools including an app are being developed.

Commenting, Clare Haughey MSP said:

“The decisions on how we come out of lockdown will affect all of us – and so it’s important that these decisions are made as openly and collaboratively as possible, with councils, businesses, unions, public services and community groups all forming part of the discussion. I’d urge everyone across Rutherglen and Cambuslang to share any ideas on how we should move forward by using the government’s online forum.

“There are no easy answers, but it is right for the Scottish Government to keep people up-to-date and be clear about the factors that inform decision making.

“Everyone in Rutherglen and Cambuslang has a part to play in combatting this virus, and while I understand that these measures are difficult for all of us, they are saving lives and protecting our NHS.”

The online forum to submit views can be accessed by visiting https://www.ideas.gov.scot/covid-19-a-framework-for-decision-making.

ENDS

Notes:

COVID-19 – “Test, Trace, Isolate, Support:

https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-test-trace-isolate-support/

COVID-19 – Framework for Decision-Making:

https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-framework-decision-making-further-information/

The public can submit their ideas and view those of others using the link below:

https://www.ideas.gov.scot/covid-19-a-framework-for-decision-making

Published: 7th May 2020

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