Borderers urged not to cross the line as hospitality reopens in England

Borders residents are being urged not to break Covid rules as hospitality opens up in England next week.

Wednesday, 7th April 2021, 4:02 pm
Borderers are being urged only to cross into England for essential reasons.
Borderers are being urged only to cross into England for essential reasons.

Case numbers in the region are currently low.

However, unnecessary cross-Border travel could result in an increase in Covid-19 cases here, Borderers are being warned.

Dr Tim Patterson, director of Public Health for the Scottish Borders, said: “Other local authority areas have a higher prevalence of the virus than us and it is therefore imperative that we follow the rules and do not travel outside of the Borders, unless it is for permitted and essential purposes.

Dr Tim Patterson.

“These restrictions also apply to travel across the Border into England. As England moves ahead with further easing of measures next Monday I am urging Borders residents not to travel there unless for permitted and essential purposes.

"Although the thought of a meal or drink outside a pub or restaurant, or a browse around a clothes shop may be tempting, this is not permitted.

“Our journey out of lockdown must be a careful and cautious one. So please remain patient and stick with the rules in order to continue protecting each other and our local health and social care services.”