Civic leaders’ plea as Phase 3 continues

Published

14th September 2020

Dundee’s civic leaders today urged residents and businesses not to let their guard down in the city’s collective effort to prevent the spread of Coronavirus.

Councillor John Alexander, leader of the Council administration, and Lord Provost Ian Borthwick were responding to this week’s review of the Scottish route map out of lockdown, which sees the country remain in Phase 3.

New measures to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus (Covid-19) are being introduced, while the anticipated easing of restrictions on some activities has been delayed.

The senior councillors said they were “proud” of how the city had responded so far to the challenges of lockdown.

Councillor Alexander said: “We have come a long way in the past couple of months – pupils are back in classrooms, many businesses have reopened and we have seen more of family and friends than was possible during the early phase of restrictions.

“That progress is entirely down to the way we have complied with the guidance, here in Dundee and across the country, and helped prevent the spread of this awful virus.

“We are now approaching six months of restrictions on our daily lives. That has been difficult for everyone, and the new measures announced again put limits on our interactions with loved ones.

“However hard all of this is, we must stick with it. As winter approaches, we cannot allow the progress that has been made in recent months to be undone.”

The new measures place limits on the number of people who are allowed to meet up, both indoors and outdoors.

Rules applying to the hospitality sector have also been announced with the use of face masks while entering, leaving or moving around in a restaurant, bar or cafe now required.

“Case numbers in Dundee and Tayside are lower than before but, as we have seen in recent days and weeks, Coronavirus remains here in our communities,” said Lord Provost Borthwick.

“Thankfully we are not seeing the tragic deaths that occurred earlier this year, but that could quickly change if we are not careful.

“We also need to guard against the sudden rises in cases which can prompt a local lockdown, as has been seen in other parts of the country.

“We should be proud of our efforts to date to suppress the virus. Young and old alike are doing their bit, as are the many businesses who are having to adapt and respond to the unprecedented challenges.

“That collective city effort must continue – please keep complying with the restrictions and follow the FACTS advice.”

Dundee City Council

Dundee draws skilled workers from a 60-minute catchment population of 640,000 and has a local population of over 140,000. The availability of a large pool of highly skilled labour is a key feature in the Dundee economy. Flexibility in the labour force is currently more prevalent in Dundee than in Scotland as a whole. All forms of labour market flexibility - part-time, temporary employment, self-employment and shift work - are widely operational within the city. Labour force stability in the city is excellent, enabling companies to plan with confidence. Labour turnover levels are less than 5% and absenteeism averages 2%.

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