HOME care workers across Glasgow are urging those flouting lockdown and social distancing rules to “hang in there” to help frontline workers stay safe.

With reports of people throwing lockdown parties and others ignoring social distancing circling the internet, those risking their lives everyday say breaking the rules would mean living like this for longer.

Two individuals working with vulnerable adults in the care industry have highlighted how the situation has impacted them and their families.

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Chris Kenny, an employee of a housing company in Glasgow, said: “We have a duty to support our service users to help them live their life to the fullest.

“The way we carry out our work has changed. Most individuals had structure and routine which involving being out in the community. We are having to support them in a different way to what we normally do.

“Every individual we work with is different. Some don’t understand what’s happening while some do and then there are patients who know to a certain extent what’s going on."

Mr Kenny also explained how the situation was affecting him and his family.

He continued: “I think the stress has hit my family and I in many ways. We worry about catching Covid then we stress about

balancing my wife working from home, myself working and also raising two kids.

“It takes its toll trying to juggle everything. Trying to home school them and keep them entertained is hard going but we do cherish the fact we have been able to spend more time together as a family.

“To those breaking the rules I would plead with them to not to do it. If we follow the rules, then I’m sure we can stop the spread of the Covid more quickly and lift the restrictions.”

Another frontline care worker, Daniel, not his real name, has also stressed the importance of lockdown during this time.

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He explained: “I try take each day as it comes and get on with the job as if it were any other normal day. It is a nerve-wracking experience, but I am doing everything I can to stay safe and not catch the virus.

“That’s why it is so important for people to follow social distancing as it helps keep my colleagues and I safe. We are all in this together, I know it’s frustrating being cooped up in your homes and it’s getting to the point where people are fed up but the only advice I can give is hang in there and be careful with what you do.

“This is not only affecting you -it’s affecting the whole world. All it takes is for one person to go out and then we could have another wave of coronavirus and be in lockdown for even longer. The more responsible you are, the sooner this will go back to normal.”