Covid-19 Update

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 3rd March 2020.

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Photo of Jeane Freeman Jeane Freeman Scottish National Party

What I agree with Mr Cole-Hamilton on is that everyone—every person in the chamber, every member of our families, every employer organisation and every entertainment venue—has a serious responsibility to help us in the containment phase with the very simple steps that I outlined.

If an entertainment venue, a sports facility or an employer needs to ensure that the facilities are there to allow people to effectively wash their hands, bin tissues and so on, I strongly urge them to do that. I know that our officials from active Scotland are in contact with the various sports bodies. We will take that work forward with them; my colleague Mr FitzPatrick will ensure that that happens, so that we can ensure that people are doing what they need to do right now.

If the disease takes hold in the community and we move into the delay phase, we will be looking at the decisions that Mr Cole-Hamilton hints at, but we will look at them in a proportionate and reasonable way, in order to ensure that we get the balance right between effectively protecting the health of our citizens and minimising, where we can, the impact on society and the wider economy.