Leader, March 20 2020

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We’re all in this together

These are strange, unprecedented times.

Last week, we urged people not to panic buy as more cases of coronavirus were confirmed in Scotland, but the town’s supermarket shelves have continued to empty.

At one point, the Co-op had to close its doors to allow staff to restock shelves, causing a queue to build up outside. There have also been reports of retail workers receiving abuse and harassment from shoppers.

While these are undeniably stressful times, such behaviour is never acceptable.

The people we speak to on a daily basis seem to think one of two things – either this is Armageddon, likely to cause the end of the world, or that it’s a storm in a teacup that has been blown out of proportion.

It is good to try to find the balance between those two thoughts, and it is better to be safe than sorry – if you are being advised to self-isolate and you choose not to, it is the most vulnerable members of our community you are putting at risk.

Stay safe – and keep washing your hands!