Ruth Maguire MSP today echoed the First Minister’s call to continue to adhere to social distancing guidelines as the Scottish Government relaxed some of its lockdown measures.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon confirmed that following a “sustained and unmistakable” decrease in the spread of Covid-19, the Scottish Government has moved into the first phase of its four phase approach to exiting lockdown. 

While restrictions on some outdoor activities will be lifted, the Government’s advice still urges to stay at home as much as possible and maintain strict physical distancing when outdoors.

The SNP MSP said:  “This is a step in the right direction that shows that a corner has been turned in the efforts to combat the virus. I’d like to reiterate my gratitude for the co-operation of everybody in North Ayrshire who have played their part in helping to contain the spread of Covid-19 so far which has brought us to this stage.

“The main thing that must be remembered is that the progress made so far remains fragile, so it’s vital that we continue to act responsibly and follow government guidelines. By all means, as the good weather continues, take advantage of this; but be sure to take sensible precautions.

“We cannot become complacent with the relaxation of measures that have been put in place to save lives and ease pressure on the NHS. Our behaviour, now more than ever, can impact on others which is something we must remain mindful of.”

A full guide to the first phase of exiting lockdown is available here.