SHETLAND police area commander Lindsay Tulloch has urged islanders to comply with the latest restrictions on movement set out by prime minister Boris Johnson on Monday night, and warned that the local force would use emergency powers if they had to.
But he added he would prefer for local people to adhere to the new measures designed to protect themselves and ultimately to save lives by slowing down the spread of the coronavirus.
Speaking on Tuesday afternoon, the chief inspector said: “I urge people to listen to the advice of our health professionals and stay at home to protect themselves from infection and ensure we are doing everything we can to support NHS Shetland in providing care and treatment for vulnerable, elderly and people most at risk from the virus.
“Police officers in Shetland continue to support colleagues in the health service by attending to calls from the vulnerable and those in need of support.”
He described the support of the community in complying with the requirement to stay at home as ”vital” so that keyworkers and the emergency services could continue to protect the public and support colleagues.
“Emergency legislation is in progress which we will use to support the requirements of the government should any person, organisation or premises fail to comply and break the law,” he said.
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