Oban’s Covid crowd warning

A number of signs in Oban remind people to keep their distance.

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Visitors to Oban have been urged to respect social distancing to prevent a coronavirus cluster.

Councillor Roddy McCuish said while it was good to see the town open again, he had concerns that crowds of people are ignoring public street signs which encourage the observation of two-metres social distancing to help reduce the spread of the bug.

‘I don’t mean to sound negative but I am nervous, extremely nervous, when I see some of the crowds that are walking about the streets,’ Councillor McCuish, the depute provost of Argyll and Bute Council, told a meeting of Oban Community Council on Monday.

As an example, he said he saw four people all leaning against one of the signs on the Esplanade, which was disappointing.

Councillor Kieron Green, who chairs a health board, added that the recent rise in coronavirus cases for Argyll and Bute had largely been confined to a spike in Dunoon, but that did not mean cases could not rise in Oban too.

Fort William recently saw a ‘significant’ outbreak which NHS Highland said had involved a ‘large proportion’ of people having visited a sports bar.

Dr Jenny Wares, consultant in public health medicine, advises: ‘The community should remain vigilant for the symptoms of Covid-19.’