Jackie Baillie, MSP for Dumbarton Constituency, has raised concerns in regard to protests that are reportedly going ahead this weekend outside HMNB Clyde at Faslane.
Jackie Baillie has written to both Police Scotland and the Scottish Government to ask that steps are taken to ensure that there is no negative impact on public health and safety as a result of these protests.
This comes as West Dunbartonshire currently has the highest COVID-19 case rate in Scotland and the number of covid cases in Argyll & Bute is also increasing. In addition, the COVID-19 testing hub in Helensburgh has reportedly run out of PCR tests this week due to an overwhelming demand due to an increase in close contacts and individuals developing symptoms.
Jackie Baillie MSP said:
“I respect the right to protest but my number one priority is to ensure that public health and safety is protected, especially as local case numbers are skyrocketing and stocks of PCR test stocks have run out.
“Large gatherings of people from across Scotland allows the virus to spread easily and quickly. That’s why I have written to Police Scotland and the Scottish Government to ask that all measures are taken to minimise any risk of COVID-19 spreading.
“I encourage anyone who is planning to attend these protests to think twice about whether it is safe to do so and ensure that covid guidance is followed at all times.”