A Perth councillor has branded groups of teenagers congregating in Perth’s South Inch “idiots” who risk extending lockdown.
It comes as police had to dish out three fixed penalty notices over the weekend after a house party was reported in Kinross, as some locals continue to flout the social distancing regulations.
Perth residents were horrified to see teens gather within the South Inch play area over the weekend.
Perth and Kinross Council (PKC) has closed all its public play areas, skateparks and ballcourts until further notice due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
While PKC’s parks and open spaces remain open for daily exercise, residents are urged to adhere to the guidelines and only exercise with members of their own household.
But on Sunday, there were reports on social media of “groups of teens” gathering at the South Inch ignoring the guidelines and using play equipment.
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Another said: “There are signs up on the gates saying it’s closed but the gates are open... seems daft.”
Cllr Chris Ahern saw the Facebook posts and said: “They should not be doing it. They are idiots. If they want to stop lockdown, they need to stop congregating in groups.
“I do not know if they think it’s because kids are less affected but they can still carry it (COVID-19) and pass it on to others.”
Fellow Perth City councillor Andrew Parrott said: “They should not be playing on the children’s play equipment anyway but they should be old enough to listen to and understand the advice that has been given to us continuously for good reason.
“It’s been fantastic weather and I can understand the inclination but they should be resisting it.”
Cllr Peter Barrett added: “I can understand the frustrations of the many residents sticking to the restrictions and would urge that people report any significant gatherings to the police.
‘‘The police have dealt effectively with large gatherings and antisocial behaviour on the Inch in the past and I am sure that they will again. I have asked the police to direct more patrols to the area to ensure that this problem is nipped in the bud.”
A PKC spokesperson said: “We understand people want to get out for exercise in the fresh air during the current coronavirus lockdown and our parks and green open spaces are available for this purpose while observing physical distancing.
“However, our playparks are closed and there are signs in place advising the public of this.
“It is vital that parents and carers do not allow their children to congregate in this way at our play areas, skate parks or other public areas.
“This behaviour goes against the physical distancing guidelines that have been put in place to help limit the spread of the virus and protect the public.
“We will be reporting any similar instances to Police Scotland and would encourage residents to act responsibly.”
A spokesperson for Police Scotland said they could not see any record of any official reports being made to them on Sunday about the teens gathering at South Inch but did confirm issuing three fixed penalty notices in Kinross.
A spokesperson said: “Police received a report of an ongoing houseparty at an address in Dalwhamie Street, Kinross around 9.15pm on Sunday, April 26. Police attended and three men were issued with fixed penalty notices for breaching government guidelines.”