As efforts to delay the spread of Covid-19 virus are stepped up, everyone needs to do everything they can to avoid contact with others. You can read the latest advice here.
Obviously for our movement, that means suspending all campaigning – cancelling any planned social events and branch meetings only held if using remote technologies.
But as First Minister, I need your help too. I am asking each of you to now focus on looking out for your family, friends and neighbours – paying particular attention to the elderly or those who have underlying health problems.
If you have a high temperature or a new and continuous cough, even if those symptoms are mild, you should stay at home for 7 days.
— Scottish Government (@scotgov) March 13, 2020
We are the largest political campaigning network in Scotland, with volunteers living in every neighbourhood. We have a big part to play.
Together, we can make sure we are looking out for those around us. Together we can care for those who are elderly and vulnerable.
If you are well, here’s some of the ways that you can help:
- Stay in touch with vulnerable individuals over the phone, by post or online.
- See if people need any shopping, medication or help by running some errands.
- Encourage people to stay active around the house and keep moving.
- Create WhatsApp or Facebook groups to coordinate the effort across your neighbourhood.
I’ll be in touch with further updates in the days and weeks ahead.
Let’s do all we can to rise to this challenge.
Let’s ensure those in our communities who need our support most are not left to cope alone.