Throughout the pandemic, SCoJeC has been part of the Scottish Government's faith and belief network, which has provided a forum to discuss the effect of the disease itself and the emergency legislation on faith communities and particularly places of worship. The group recently asked Professor Leitch, Scotland's National Clinical Director, to record a short video to explain why some restrictions are still necessary, and how communities can help reduce the spread of the disease.
Professor Leitch thanked communities for their efforts to suppress the pandemic and urged people to continue to take precautions to reduce the spread. He stressed that the virus is still causing harm and people should wear face coverings indoors, including in places of worship, be fully vaccinated, and follow the government's advice on mitigating the spead of the disease by washing their hands and wiping down hard surfaces.
SCoJeC Director Ephraim Borowski, who represents the Scottish Jewish community on the Scottish Government group, commented, "This network has been a very useful channel for communication about the issues faced by communities during the pandemic, particularly when legislation and regulations were changing so frequently, and we have been very grateful to Jason Leitch for his sympathetic engagement with us."