THE First Minister is encouraging Scots to show solidarity with their neighbours when they’re out doing their daily exercise.

Nicola Sturgeon urged the public to continue to observe social distancing measures during the lock down by staying at least 2m away from others when you’re out of the house – but asked people to continue being friendly with passers-by.

The SNP leader was responding to a tweet from someone concerned that people were not greeting each other when they’re out and about during the coronavirus pandemic.

Pippa Gardner reminded her followers that it is still okay to say hello, make eye contact and wave to people you pass.

The First Minister said she 100% endorsed the message.

She wrote: “When you’re out for daily exercise and staying at least 2m apart from others, don’t forget to [waving emoji] and #sayhello to those you meet - it’s a good way of showing solidarity while staying apart!”

Currently, Scots are only allowed out of the house to make essential journeys – these include going to pick up essential groceries or medical supplies, going to help a vulnerable person, taking one bit of exercise per day or travelling to and from essential work if you cannot work from home.

The measures were implemented on Monday night in a bid to slow the spread of the coronavirus, which has now infected more than 1000 people in Scotland.

Police now have the ability to give members of the public on-the-spot fines if they are seen to be breaking the new rules.