MSP Gil Paterson has warned constituents to adhere to social distancing rules or risk spreading the Coronavirus to loved ones.
The greater the social distancing effort, the more people who will survive the pandemic, the Clydebank and Milngavie MSP said.
Closures to schools, pubs, cafes, clubs, restaurants and more were backed by the MSP, who says life will be “turned upside down” for all Scots throughout the struggle against the Covid-19 virus.
Echoing First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, Mr Paterson called on constituents to be considerate when shopping, and to avoid panic buying.
The Age Scotland helpline is also available for older people who need advice from a friendly voice amid the tightening virus measures. It can be called free on 0800 124 4222.
Gil Paterson said: “This is a dark time for Scotland and the rest of the world as we ramp up efforts to counter this rapidly spreading coronavirus.
“As the First Minister said, life should not feel normal right now, and we will need to drastically change the way we live if we wish to minimise deaths.
“I urge constituents of mine to take the social distancing rules very seriously, as they are key to defeating this pandemic, and require us all working together.
“I am glad to see schools close and measures put in place to allow key workers to maintain their vital roles, such as those in the NHS and vital public services, to continue working throughout this storm.
“As we move on, I also plead to constituents of mine to be considerate when shopping at the supermarkets, we need to ensure everyone has access to food and resources through the coming months.
“Please be safe and think of others, whether that is through social distance, shopping or changing habits to battle the spread of the virus.”