MP Gavin Newlands today laid down the law to businesses continuing to operate outside the law during the Coronavirus outbreak – and promised that the people of Renfrewshire will remember who they are.

While most non-essential businesses have closed their doors following Monday night’s announcement of a lockdown, some are still operating in defiance of public health and safety.

Gavin Newlands MP

Only essential services should be open as the country fights to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 virus and stop the NHS being overwhelmed by serious cases.

And the Renfrewshire MP left no doubt that those who insist their business is more important than people’s lives will pay a price.

Gavin said:

“The vast majority of businesses across Renfrewshire and Scotland have acted responsibly and put people first – but I am afraid a small minority are acting as if they are above the law.

“Businesses flouting the Government rules are putting their employees’ lives in danger – and the lives of thousands of others.

“Anyone keeping non-essential workplaces open just for a quick buck should be in no doubt that the people of Renfrewshire have long memories.  We will remember those who put their profits and shareholders ahead of our citizens.

“The Scottish Government has published clear guidance for every single business in the country to follow, freely available on their website.  There is no excuse for ignorance.

“Business owners who ignore this should be very clear that they are breaking the law and will suffer the consequences of that.  But they should also think long and hard about the vulnerable people across this country who will suffer even more from their selfishness and greed.

“We need to be clear – these people will be responsible for unnecessary death and suffering across our communities if they don’t stop now.”


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