Police Scotland's chief constable has thanked the public for following restrictions put in place amid the coronavirus outbreak. 

An "overwhelming majority of people" were abiding to government instructions to stay out of restaurants and pubs issued, according to Chief Constable Iain Livingstone QPM. 

On Friday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the closure of pubs and restaurants at a Downing Street news conference after reports that many people were ignoring the appeal to avoid them. 

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon issued the same demand during a televised address.

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Chief Constable Iain Livingstone QPM is urging people to comply with government and health advice. 

He said: "I fully support the instruction from the UK and Scottish Governments for public houses, cafes, restaurants and other entertainment venues to close.

"I would like to thank the overwhelming majority of people who are already complying for their assistance and co-operation.

"The response to coronavirus has been fast moving and I would urge everyone to do what they can to comply with the advice from government and the health service to keep people safe."

The police chief stressed that all public venues should remain closed until indicated otherwise by the government. 

"To be clear, no public houses or other entertainment venues should be opening for patrons until further notice.

"Our dedicated officers and staff are working round the clock to support the magnificent work of health professionals and wider society as we work collectively to protect our fellow citizens.

"I urge everyone to play their part in the national effort."

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Police Scotland remains committed to maintaining the safety of the public in the coming months. 

"In the meantime, those breaking the law will be dealt with appropriately to ensure the public is kept safe from risk and harm as we continue to police the country," he added. 

"I am grateful to all our officers and staff who continue to deliver an absolutely first class service in these challenging conditions for their continued dedication, hard work and support.

"We will continue to focus on public service and, by working together, we will come through this."