SNP MSP Ruth Maguire has urged constituents to ‘stay local’ when exercising and walking dogs, and avoid any unnecessary travel that could help spread coronavirus.

Official advice from the Scottish and UK governments warns that people should not be driving somewhere with the intent of doing exercise or walking their dog – with new powers granted to police to enforce these regulations.

To protect yourself and others from illness and save lives, people in North Ayrshire should also avoid driving to beauty spots such as the beaches or Eglinton Park.

SNP MSP Ruth Maguire said: 

“Of course, exercise is extremely important for people’s physical and mental wellbeing, so it’s important to note that people in North Ayrshire can leave their homes for exercise once a day, with members of their own household.

“However, you should only be outside for a reasonable purpose – buying food or essential household or medical supplies; travelling to or carrying out essential work; exercising once a day; or providing care or assistance to others.

“Please stay local when exercising or walking dogs, to ensure that we stop the spread of coronavirus. 

“This is about saving lives and protecting our NHS. We all recognise how unusual these regulations are, and the Scottish Government will act to remove these restrictions as soon as it is safe to do so.”