The UK and Scottish Governments introduced separate legislation to reduce the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in our communities.
- Restrictions imposed by The Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions) (Scotland) Regulations 2020
- Coronavirus Act 2020
Each piece of legislation contains separate powers for Scottish officers.
This enables them to help make sure that the restrictions in place across the country are being followed.
The fundamental principles of both pieces of legislation are to reduce transmission and keep people safe.
The powers granted under the Coronavirus Act allows officers to fulfil their duty to uphold the law and keep the public safe.
Our officers continue to engage with the public in a positive and constructive tone. They'll support our colleagues in the health service at this extraordinary time.
The powers afforded to our officers will be used as a last resort. They'll only be used where people are defying very clear and sensible advice, which is designed to protect them from harm.
Engage: ask whether an individual is aware of the government request. They'll establish individual circumstances and how quickly someone can comply.
Explain: the risks to public health and to the NHS in line with government guidance.
Encourage: voluntary compliance.
Enforce: if faced with non-compliance. This is a last resort.
We are asking people to take personal responsibility to do the right thing.
What you should do
The Scottish Government has lots of information about the measures on its website, including a set of frequently asked questions.