City Leaders' Thanks as Level 3 Continues

City Leaders

Dundee's civic leaders today thanked residents for helping prevent the spread of Coronavirus by sticking with Protection Level 3 restrictions.

The city remains at Level 3 as the latest review by the Scottish Government comes into effect today (FRIDAY). Neighbouring local authorities are also at Level 3.

Since the new measures, including restrictions on non-essential travel within and outwith the city and on mixing with other households, came into effect, good progress has been made in reducing the spread of the virus.

The number of cases in the city has fallen since the decision was taken to introduce Level 3 restrictions in Dundee.

Councillor John Alexander, leader of Dundee City Council, and Lord Provost Ian Borthwick said they were “encouraged” by how the city had responded to the challenges of Level 3 restrictions. 

Lord Provost Borthwick said: “I want to thank everyone for their efforts thus far. It has been incredibly heartening to see people’s acts of kindness and compassion as the city looks to make progress in suppressing the virus.

“I know it has not been easy. Everyone is playing a part, from individuals and families to the business community which is constantly and creatively responding to new challenges.

“What you are doing, the sacrifices that you are making, is having an effect. Since Level 3 was introduced here, the number of cases has reduced.

“There’s no room for complacency – indeed there has been a small rise over the past few days. But if we can keep the overall downward trend going, we can move towards easing of the restrictions and avoid the risk of going up a level as has happened in other parts of the country.

 “With Christmas on the horizon, we all need to take continue our joint efforts to stop the spread of infection.”

Today (Friday) sees travel restrictions preventing residents from making non-essential journeys into and out of their Level 3 local authority area pass into law.

City residents should therefore only travel outside of Dundee for an essential purpose - such as work or caring responsibilities. More information on travel and other restrictions can be found on the Council website FAQs page.

Dundee City Council Leader John Alexander said: “I know these are incredibly difficult times for everyone.

“We must take some comfort the recent positive news on vaccines. It certainly is starting to feel like light is appearing at the end of the tunnel.

“Whilst this is all fantastic news, I would urge everyone to be patient and not to get ahead of themselves. There is still a long way to go on this journey and it is imperative that we abide by the rules in the meantime, with the knowledge that things will get better.

“I would urge to all take care and familiarise yourselves with the latest guidance. Follow the rules and make sure you stick to the FACTS - Avoid crowded places; Clean your hands and surfaces regularly; Two-metre social distancing; Self-isolate and book a test if you develop coronavirus symptoms.

“All of this is important so that by Christmas we might be in a better position to enjoy the festivities.”

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