Covid-19

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 8th December 2020.

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The First Minister:

I agree with Jackie Baillie that that is a big issue. I was therefore surprised and disappointed that her Labour colleagues—I am not sure whether she did so—voted against the travel restrictions when we debated them in Parliament a couple of weeks ago. Those are difficult for people, but they are an essential part of trying to stem the flow of people from high-prevalence to low-prevalence areas.

In many parts of the country, there are concerns that people might be travelling in that way. I will raise the particular issue with the chief constable and will ensure that Police Scotland is aware of it. Of course, it is for it to decide operationally how to police the travel restrictions. A number of fixed-penalty notices have already been issued. However, particularly now that some areas are coming down a level, I again appeal to people to remember that such restrictions are a vital part of our being able to maintain our targeted approach across the country.