COVID-19 – Travel restrictions
People living in Ayrshire and Arran are being reminded to follow the guidelines on traveling to help stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in our communities. The message comes as East and South Ayrshire enter Local Protection Level 4 from 6pm (Friday 20 November), while North Ayrshire remains on Level 3. These restrictions will remain in place until 11th December.
NHS Ayrshire & Arran is asking people to play their part in helping stop the spread of coronavirus by not travelling out with their own council area. Joy Tomlinson, Joint Director of Public Health said; “Travel restrictions have been introduced to keep people safe and stop the virus spreading between communities.
“While it may be tempting to travel to areas where non-essential retail remains open, along with some hospitality, entertainment and fitness facilities, you should not travel outside your own council area while it remains under Level 3 or 4 Protection. There are some exceptions – for example, for caring responsibilities, or for work that cannot be carried out at home. However, for the most part, you shouldn’t travel out with your local area.”
Joanne Edwards, Director of Acute Services added: “We would like to remind everyone that essential travel also includes attending to any healthcare appointment. This includes appointments at Louisa Jordan Hospital or the Golden Jubilee National Hospital. It is important that if you have an appointment at any hospital that you still attend.
“However, remember that if you have any Coronavirus symptoms or have been asked to self-isolate, you should not attend. Make sure you call to let us know.”
You can find full information on the Local Protection Levels and what this means for you at https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-protection-levels/