Council Leader asks residents to abide by law
With new travel restrictions becoming law today (Friday) across Scotland, Midlothian Council’s Leader Councillor Derek Milligan is asking residents to abide by the law.
Still in Level 3
This means from 6pm tonight, Friday 20 November, except for essential purposes, you are not permitted to leave the Midlothian Council area as we are still in Level 3.
Due to move to Level 2
From Tuesday 24 November some travel restrictions will be lifted. Midlothian will move into Level 2 and you will be permitted to go into East Lothian (Level 2) and Scottish Borders (Level 2) but you cannot travel to Level 3 or Level 4 areas, for example Edinburgh and West Lothian. There are exceptions.
Councillor Milligan said staying local will help save lives and potentially local businesses. He said: “Many thanks to local people who, by continuing to comply with the rules, have brought our infection rates down to the point we can now move into Level 2 on Tuesday. I know that it can be tempting to jump on the bus to head to Fort Kinnaird or the centre of Edinburgh but this will not be permitted from 6pm today.
Support local businesses
“Midlothian has plenty of good shopping. Local retail businesses really need our support right now as many have been struggling. So to save lives and support the local economy please shop locally.”
Working with Police Scotland
Councillor Milligan added the council is working with Police Scotland. He explained the council funds additional community police teams and therefore there will be enhanced policing to ensure people are not breaking the law. He said: “We know this law is new but that is no excuse, this is serious and we need to protect our communities from the spread of the virus – that’s why this law is so important."