Indoor coronavirus restrictions currently implemented in Glasgow are to be extended to East Dunbartonshire and Renfrewshire after a spike of COVID-19 cases.
It comes after the Scottish Giovernment recorded 146 new cases of coronavirus in the past 24 hours – with 78 within the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde region.
Restricitions to Glasgow were implemented last week after a surge in COVID-19 cases that stemmed from indoor gatherings.
It means those living in the restricted areas are not permitted to host anybody within their home and are not allowed to visit other households.
1/ Regrettable but necessary in light of sharply rising numbers that restrictions on indoor household gatherings require to be continued for a further week in Glasgow, East Renfrewshire and West Dunbartonshire, and extended to Renfrewshire and East Dunbartonshire… https://t.co/BT1YYQNuck
— Nicola Sturgeon (@NicolaSturgeon) September 7, 2020
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “Regrettable but necessary in light of sharply rising numbers that restrictions on indoor household gatherings require to be continued for a further week in Glasgow, East Renfrewshire and West Dunbartonshire, and extended to Renfrewshire and East Dunbartonshire.
“Our public health advice is that the most significant – though not the only – driver of transmission continues to be household gatherings, large and small. And it is in these gatherings, rather than pubs, that older & more vulnerable people may be at greater risk of infection.
“However, close attention will be paid over the next few weeks to hospitality and, in the meantime, the councils involved will step up engagement and, if necessary, enforcement to ensure rules being complied with.
“So, if you live in Glasgow City, East or West Dunbartonshire, East Renfrewshire or Renfrewshire council areas, please don’t have others visit you at home and don’t visit other households in any part of Scotland. If we comply with this, hopefully further restrictions can be avoided.”