SNP MSP Bruce Crawford and MP Alyn Smith are urging members of the public from Stirling and surrounding areas to have their say on the lockdown restrictions.
This comes after the Scottish Government publishes an update on “Life Beyond Lockdown” and what life might look like after the COVID-19 restrictions are altered.
COVID-19: A Framework for Decision Making has stated the current lockdown is helping decrease the amount of infectious cases.
However, it has concluded that the virus still poses a serious threat to public health in Scotland.
The two Stirling parliamentarians are also encouraging constituents across Stirling to read the Scottish Government’s “Text, Trace, Isolate, Support” paper.
The paper was published recently and will be a key factor of the next phase in the battle against COVID-19.
Crawford said: “The decisions on how we come out of lockdown will affect all of us – and so it’s important that these decisions are made as openly and collaboratively as possible, with councils, businesses, unions, public services and community groups in the Stirling area all forming part of the discussion.
“The Scottish Government has today launched an online forum that gives people the opportunity to offer their reflections on lockdown restrictions – and I’d urge everyone in Stirling to share any ideas they have on how we should move forward.”
Crawford also said: “There are no easy answers – but it is right for the Scottish Government to keep people up-to-date and be clear about the factors that inform decision making, and I’d encourage everyone in the Stirling area to continue reading the official guidance and information published.”
Smith added: “For now, the advice for people in the Stirling area remains the same – staying at home and only making essential journeys is saving lives. Keeping physical distance in the limited circumstances when you have to be around people and continuing to regularly wash your hands are still the best way to reduce your risk of infection.
“Everyone in the Stirling area has a part to play in combatting this virus, and while I understand that these measures are difficult for all of us, they are saving lives and protecting our NHS.”
The testing and tracing strategy will also work along with other virus suppression measures. These will include physical distancing, hand washing, and face coverings.
Thousands of contact tracing staff are to be employed, with new digital tools including an app being developed.