Around the world, health officials are demanding that people practice social distancing to help stop the spread of coronavirus. However, it seems that some of them have difficulty following their own rules.
That appears to be the case in Scotland, where chief medical officer Dr. Catherine Calderwood announced her resignation after being caught walking around in the town of Earlsferry, where she owns a second home.
Do as I say, not as I do
“I am deeply sorry for my actions and the mistakes I have made,” Calderwood said in an official statement that was released on Sunday.
“The First Minister and I have had a further conversation this evening and we have agreed that the justifiable focus on my behavior risks becoming a distraction from the hugely important job that government and the medical profession has to do in getting the country through this coronavirus pandemic. Having worked so hard on the government’s response, that is the last thing I want.”
The doctor went on to promise that she “will work with my team over the next few days to ensure a smooth transition to my successor.”
Locals fear her “bringing the virus to the area”
Chief Constable Iain Livingstone released a statement of his own on the matter, reaffirming that “the legal instructions on not leaving your home without a reasonable excuse apply to everyone.”
“Social distancing is the key intervention to curtail the spread of coronavirus and it is essential the instructions are followed to protect each other, support key workers, take strain from the NHS, and save lives,” the law enforcement official noted.
The Scottish Sun had earlier published photos showing Calderwood outside of her home, and it spoke to people in the area who were frustrated by her behavior. “Either we are in lockdown or not,” one resident complained. “I’m pretty sure government advice is to stay at home and not to travel to second holiday homes.”
“Catherine Calderwood isn’t following the advice. She and her family are potentially bringing the virus to the area,” the person added.
As of late Tuesday afternoon, the United Kingdom had almost 56 thousand confirmed cases of coronavirus and over six thousand fatalities.
Several U.S. officials have also been called out for not following their own draconian orders. New York City mayor Bill de Blasio, who has issued a stay-at-home order that carries hefty fines for non-compliance, was caught taking a walk in a park 11 miles away from his Manhattan residence on Monday.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, who issued dire threats towards those caught congregating in the city’s parks and open spaces, also came under fire this week for clearly violating social distancing guidelines while getting a haircut.