Angela welcomes easing of lockdown

Lanark and Hamilton East MP Angela Crawley has welcomed the First Minister’s announcement today that Scotland is to move to phase one of the easing of lockdown measures.

The lifting of some restrictions from tomorrow (May 29th) will allow people to travel short distances for outdoor leisure and exercise, some teachers returning to schools, and the public being able to meet people from another household outside.

South Lanarkshire Council have already provided details for the reopening of recycling centres across the region from next week, with maintenance at golf courses also now permitted.

The NHS Scotland test, trace, isolate and support system – known as Test and Protect that was trialled in NHS Lanarkshire – will also be expanded to all 14 health boards across the country.

The Government also announced an agreement between councils, professional associations and parents representatives to partially reopen schools from August 11, subject to scientific advice.

Commenting, Angela said:

“Firstly, I would like to thank the vast majority of my constituents who have adhered to the lockdown rules stringently.

“It is as a result of our collective endeavour that the restrictions can start to be lifted, some people can return to work and we can once again visit some family members.

“It is important to remember that we move to the next stage cautiously and if we are to continue to suppress the virus, we must stick to the to the rules.

“Only visit meet members of one other household, stay outside, maintain a social distance and wash your hands regularly.

“If you have symptoms of the virus, get tested. If you are advised by the NHS to self-isolate, do so for 14 days.

“Too many people in Lanark and Hamilton East and across Scotland have lost their lives to this disease and we can’t risk another peak.

“We have come along way over the past few weeks and I know we are all looking forward to seeing our loved ones over the weekend.

“But please remember, when you do so, stick to the guidelines, protect the NHS and save lives.”