Dundee SNP MSPs Joe FitzPatrick and Shona Robison have called on people across the city to stay at home this Easter weekend to help save lives and protect our NHS.

The MSPs for Dundee City West and East said no one should be travelling for Easter celebrations and that doing so not only risks spreading Covid-19 but puts an unnecessary burden on local healthcare providers and essential services.

Exercise remains an important part of physical and mental wellbeing during the current crisis, but the Scottish Government has stressed that it must be done responsibly.

During the current emergency, everyone should:

  • Stay local – do not travel in your car to take exercise; please make use of the paths, open spaces and quiet roads in your own local area

  • Maintain your distance – stay at least 2 metres away from other people and avoid busy times on popular paths or places

  • Keep your dog under control – put them on a lead or keep them close at heel and do not let them approach other people or livestock

  • Avoid contact – try to avoid touching surfaces and plan a route that does not require you to open gates

The Scottish Outdoor Access Code requires that people walking dogs act responsibly, take notice of any signs, and prevent their dogs from scaring or attacking any livestock.

Crucially, no one should be driving to take their daily exercise. By ensuring that we continue to strictly abide by these measures, we will protect the NHS and save lives.

Shona Robison, MSP for Dundee City East, said:

“This is a temporary situation and it is more important now than ever to maintain good relationships between neighbours and within communities.

“The best way to beat the pandemic is to stop the spread of the virus - and for this reason, it is essential potential people stay at home, and give our NHS a chance to save lives.”

Joe FitzPatrick, MSP for Dundee City West, added:

“Of course, exercise remains extremely important for people’s physical and mental wellbeing during the current crisis.

“Even simple activities such as getting out for a walk can greatly improve our wellbeing during this difficult time. But it is crucial to keep it local and follow social distancing guidelines set out by the government.”


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