Cunninghame South MSP Ruth Maguire received confirmation from the Justice Secretary that businesses and employers who continue to fail to implement social distancing regulations could face heavy fines from police.

The SNP MSP today sought clarification on what powers Police Scotland have to enforce social distancing measures when dealing with employers potentially putting their staff at risk. The question was put to the Scottish Government in the first virtual Member’s Question Time on Friday afternoon (April 17).

Speaking via video link, Ms Maguire asked: “At this time where we’re all having to make changes to the way we live our lives to save lives, can I ask what powers of investigation and enforcement that Police Scotland and their partners have to deal with businesses and employers who are putting their workforce in harm’s way by not fully implementing social distancing measures?”

The Justice Secretary, Humza Yousaf confirmed that companies and employers who fail to fully implement social distancing measures could be subject to being issued with prohibition notices by Police Scotland and subsequently can be issued fines if they continue to flout lockdown measures put in place to tackle the COVID-19 outbreak.

Commenting MS Maguire said “During this crisis we all have to make changes to the way we go about our daily lives and employers are no exception quite simply they must ensure that their workforce are safe and social distancing guidance is properly observed.