Caution urged over Easter weekend

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Residents in Dundee are being reminded to continue sticking to the Coronavirus guidelines ahead of Easter weekend, when many will visit local parks to roll eggs and spend time with friends or family.

Members of the public are being asked to plan ahead, avoid busy places and remember to physically distance in order to enjoy the weekend safely.

The current national restrictions limits four adults from two households being able to meet up in outdoor areas to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The guidance also indicates individuals should remain within their local authority area unless they are travelling for essential purposes.

Neighbourhood Services Convener, Councillor Anne Rendall said: “It’s important we continue to keep ourselves, friends, family and our local communities safe from the virus. The consistent messaging on staying safe from COVID-19 remains true over the Easter period too, we have to stick with it.

“We need to remember, whatever the weather, these restrictions are in place for a reason and we make sure we enjoy Easter in a safe and responsible manner.

“We’ve placed additional signage in the city’s outdoor spaces to prompt visitors to keep following the FACTS advice and physically distanced from others from different households at all times.

“It’s important that we keep others in mind just now, not just by physically distancing, but we should make sure to leave our city’s outdoor areas in the same condition we find them in.

“We’ve all done so well to get to this stage, we aren’t out of the pandemic yet, it’s not yet the time to be meeting up in large numbers in outdoor areas. We should continue to take care at this stage of the pandemic with an end in sight.”

Tayside Divisional Commander, Chief Superintendent Andrew Todd said: “The coronavirus regulations have had a significant impact on our lives and I would like to thank the vast majority of people who are sticking to the rules and doing the right thing to avoid the spread of the virus as we move through the easing of restrictions.

“People should not travel outwith their local authority area except for essential purposes. While Easter weekend is traditionally a time for visiting friends and family, I would urge people to stay local and follow the regulations on gatherings.

“If you are visiting beauty spots within your local area, do so safely and respectfully – leaving no trace of your visit. Please also park responsibly to allow emergency access.

"Our approach throughout the pandemic has been to engage with the public, explain the legislation and encourage compliance, but we will not hesitate to use our enforcement powers as a last resort."

Families can find alternative ways to celebrate Easter this year with a number of suggested activities on the Parent Club Scotland website, including window displays, egg hunts and baking.

The latest national guidance on staying safe from COVID-19 can be found on the Scottish Government’s website.

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