Coronavirus in Moray: 'Observe the lockdown' plea from council leader
The leader of Moray Council has asked everyone to act responsibly in order to overcome the coronavirus emergency.
Graham Leadbitter (Elgin South, SNP) has stressed the importance of staying indoors as much as possible over the coming period.
He said: "I know it's hard for some people to take in everything that has happened recently.
"But this is a dangerous virus which puts the most vulnerable at risk.
"We have a duty as a society to stay indoors as much as we can.
"How we behave right now is vitally important in halting the spread of the virus.
"We're going to see the importance of what we're doing right now in about four, six or maybe 12 weeks.
"We just have to hope that enough has been done, and it's been done early enough."
Cllr Leabitter added that he was heartened by the response of the vast majority of people across Moray.
He said: "It's been quite incredible to see how many local people and community groups have stepped up to the plate to look after vulnerable people in their neighbourhoods.
"Essential council workers have also been working round the clock these past few days.
"On top that, local businesses have been doing their part by delivering goods to people's doors.
"And I can only echo other people's praise for the personnel from the NHS and the emergency services.
"There's been a huge amount of effort all round.
"There's also been a huge amount of creativity and imagination shown amongst people stuck indoors.
"Just one example is the Mosset Tavern in Forres.
"It's obviously had to shut, as has every other pub, but it held its weekly quiz online instead.
"It ended up with 370 people watching, and the event raised over £900 for MFR Cash For Kids
"It's community efforts like this which are going to help us pull together and see us through this very difficult time."