Colin Beattie MSP, Christine Grahame MSP, and Owen Thompson MP have been working together to ensure that constituents are supported and have the necessary advice in protecting themselves against Covid-19.
SNP MSP, Colin Beattie said:
“This is the biggest challenge we have faced in our lifetimes and the measures we take to deal with it must reflect its magnitude.
“The changes we are asking people to make are difficult, but are absolutely essential to help us slow down the spread of the virus as much as we can.
“If somebody has symptoms of Covid-19, a persistent cough or a fever, they should isolate themselves for seven days – and anyone else in a household where someone has symptoms should isolate for 14 days.
“The first port of call for anyone looking for information is the NHS Inform website www.nhsinform.scot.
“The best way to support our NHS is to follow the rules and stay at home as much as possible. Staying home will help to protect lives and everyone must play their part in this. However, we know that many people are looking for other ways to help – and those wanting to volunteer should visit www.readyscotland.org.
SNP MP, Owen Thompson commented:
“We are grateful to the very many companies that are being responsible by actively supporting homeworking and allowing staff the time off for isolation.
“Employers should make decisions about what is essential work - it should not be up to employees decide whether or not they should go in to work.
“Workers should not be placed under unnecessary and unacceptable pressure regarding their terms and conditions.
“It is vital that all businesses act responsibly and align fully with the social distancing measures introduced to protect the nation’s heath. Further guidance for employers has been prepared and is published on the Scottish Government website.
“The Scottish Government has announced a £2.2bn package of support to help sustain businesses and, crucially, help them pay staff and treat staff fairly.
“We must all adhere to these measures to help us slow down the spread of the virus as much as we can.”
SNP MSP Christine Grahame noted:
“I’d ask everyone to ensure they’re up to date with the most recent advice and take the steps needed to protect themselves, as my colleagues have said. Together we can protect our NHS and save lives.
“In the midst of this we’ve seen some excellent examples of communities pulling together across Midlothian and there are now a number of groups set up, working in conjunction with the council to support people.
“The Scottish Government is sending out letters to the 200,000 most vulnerable people in Scotland 90,000 of which are already out and starting to be received – if you receive one and need help with things like groceries as a result of being asked to stay home for 12 weeks please do not hesitate to reach out to local support, they are there to help.”