Dundee City Council is working closely with partners across the city to deal with the ongoing impact of Coronavirus (Covid-19).
Officers are monitoring the local situation daily and following the advice given by government and NHS public health experts. The council continues to consider appropriate actions based on the national guidance.
As of today (Friday September 25):
- Dundee’s civic leaders give a “stick with it” plea to city’s residents;
- Broughty Ferry Esplanade update.
Dundee’s civic leaders today encouraged city residents young and old to “stick with it” as new restrictions to help prevent the spread of Covid-19 come into effect.
The updated nationwide measures announced this week include a ban on visits to other households, except for some limited exemptions, and a 10pm curfew for pubs and restaurants which begins tonight.
People are also being asked to continue working from home wherever possible, and there are new restrictions on car sharing.
Council leader John Alexander and Lord Provost Ian Borthwick acknowledged the day-to-day “sacrifices” that the fight against Coronavirus required, but stressed that these were as important now as during lockdown earlier in the year.
Lord Provost Borthwick said: “Hard though it is, we all must keep doing our bit to limit the spread of this awful virus.
“People and businesses across the city have responded in the right fashion throughout this pandemic, with kindness, care and conviction, and I’m sure that will continue in this new phase
“As winter approaches, we have a responsibility to ourselves and those we love to follow the rules, stick to the FACTS hygiene guidance and help keep everybody safe.”
In line with yesterday’s announcement, the Council will have a key role in providing support to those who have to self-isolate as part of the Test and Protect system.
Council teams will also work to support businesses, while ensuring that the latest regulations are understood and followed by everyone.
Councillor Alexander stressed that people and businesses should abide by the rules because it’s the right thing to do, not because there are penalties for non-compliance.
“The effort to prevent the spread of Coronavirus involves young and old, individuals and businesses, and though the sacrifices we are being asked to make are difficult, we must stick with it,” he said.
“Remember, too, that this is not the same as lockdown. There are still ways to safely meet loved ones, either outdoors or in pubs and restaurants, following social distancing and the rule of six people from no more than two households.
“Children can play together too, as well as attending school. We’ve come a long way since the spring, but it remains as important as ever that we don’t let our guard down and return to the infection rates, hospital admissions and, sadly, deaths of earlier this year.”
Elsewhere, temporary measures to reduce through traffic at Broughty Ferry Esplanade since June 15, will end on the week beginning October 26.
A new 20mph speed limit introduced on the Esplanade as part of the Spaces for People programme will remain in place.
Dundee City Council was awarded £460,000 from the Scottish Government’s Spaces for People Fund in May, which supported work to introduce 20mph zones, pedestrianisation and reduced through traffic reduction on various routes.
Funded by Scottish Government and managed by Sustrans Scotland, Spaces for People is a temporary infrastructure programme in Scotland offering funding and support to make it safer for people who choose to walk, cycle or wheel for permitted journeys and exercise, while physical distancing is in place during Covid-19 and as there is a transition out of lockdown.
The full list of council services affected by Coronavirus can be found on the Dundee City Council website.
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