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Communities urged to stick with public health guidance

Perth & Kinross Council Chief Executive Karen Reid has urged communities to stick with public health guidance to save lives and help reduce Covid-19 transmission rates.

Perth and Kinross remains in Tier 3 of Coronavirus restrictions. Although these will be eased over the Christmas holidays, Mrs Reid said everyone still has a "role to play" in stopping the spread of the disease.

She said: "This week sees the first people in Tayside receive Coronavirus vaccinations. This is some very welcome light at the end of what has been a long and dark tunnel.

"But we are not at the end of the journey yet. The roll-out of the vaccine will take time, with only a small number of people receiving immunisations in the initial stages of the vaccination programme.

"That means it is crucial people continue to adhere to public health guidance over the coming weeks and months, even as Coronavirus restrictions are eased over Christmas.

"I know how difficult the past nine months have been and people want to spend time with their loved ones, but they should continue doing everything they can to limit any possible spread of the virus.

"As a Council, we will continue to support our public health colleagues at NHS Tayside as the vaccine programme is rolled out but everyone still has a role to play in stopping the spread of Coronavirus."

Mrs Reid added: "Throughout the pandemic people across Perth and Kinross have demonstrated extraordinary community spirit and I know that will continue over the festive season.

"We have a shared responsibility to stick with the public health guidelines and to follow FACTS.  This will help Perth and Kinross move out of Level 3 restrictions sooner. More importantly, it will also save lives."