Paisley’s MSP George Adam has urged the public to have their say as the Scottish Government publishes 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.
George Adam has also encouraged constituents in Paisley to read the Scottish Government’s “Test, Trace, Isolate, Support” paper, published yesterday, 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.
Paisley’s 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 in our town all contributing and forming part of the discussion.
“The Scottish Government has today launched an online forum that gives people the opportunity to offer their reflections on lockdown restrictions – and I’d urge everyone to share any ideas they have on how we should move forward.
“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. All we can do is encourage everyone to continue reading the official guidance and information published, and act with the wider health of the community in mind.
“For now, the advice for all of us here in Paisley remains the same as it’s been proven that staying at home and only making essential journeys is saving lives. Keeping physical distance if you do have to be around people and continuing to regularly wash your hands is still the best way to reduce your risk of infection. “Everyone in our community 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.”