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Kinloss Barracks taking every precaution against the coronavirus

By Garry McCartney

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39 Engineer Regiment base - Kinloss Barracks. ..Picture: Daniel Forsyth..
39 Engineer Regiment base - Kinloss Barracks. ..Picture: Daniel Forsyth..

AN Army staff officer has reassured the public that Kinloss Barracks is taking every precaution against the coronavirus.

Ruth Douglas of 39 Engineer Regiment was responding to enquiries from Gazette readers worried about the implications of soldiers visiting family and friends in their home towns and cities during the Easter break.

She said: "As directed by the Army, and in line with Government direction, only essential personnel including those that are at very high readiness to support the Government’s COVID 19 response or other mandated Defence operations are in work.

"The rest of the Regiment have dispersed to their homes and that is where they remain.

"Personnel will only be called back to the barracks if there is a military requirement to do so."

According to the MOD's website, the Army is following NHS Guidance for staying healthy, including hand washing, keeping fit and cooking at home. All bases have received guidance issued by Public Health England and the precautions taken at bases are the same as those for the public.

To reduce the risk to the public, anyone that needs isolating will be kept in quarantine for the recommended 14-day quarantine period, with around-the-clock support from medical staff.

Ms Douglas added: "Anyone showing flu-like symptoms will self isolate in accordance with Government advice."

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