Renfrewshire will face tougher restrictions on home visits from midnight tonight, the Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced.

These measures are already in place in Glasgow city, West Dunbartonshire and East Renfrewshire but will be extended to Renfrewshire and East Dunbartonshire.

It comes as coronavirus cases continue to rise in Renfrewshire and across the country.

This means that the 179,000 people living in Renfrewshire cannot host people from other households in their own homes or visit another person’s home.

The only exception is for those in extended households, who can continue to meet indoors.

Only essential indoor visits will be allowed in hospitals and care homes.

People from different households can continue to meet outdoors as long as they follow the guidance, and outdoor visits to care homes are still permitted.

People living in all affected local authority areas who were previously shielding are asked to be particularly vigilant.

Renfrewshire Council, said: “The Scottish Government have announced that local restrictions will be in place in Renfrewshire from midnight tonight. You should not host people from any other households in your home or visit people you do not live with in their home, no matter where that is – unless they are in your extended household.

“Schools and nurseries remain open.

“You can travel for work or leisure, following the guidance. Unless you are self-isolating, or have been contacted by Test and Protect, you should go to work as normal.
The measures will be in place for two weeks, with a review after seven days.”

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “Over recent weeks, we have seen a continued increase in new COVID-19 cases in the Greater Glasgow & Clyde health board area.

“Having looked at where cases are being identified, the advice from the public health experts managing this outbreak is that restrictions on indoor gatherings should be extended to Renfrewshire and East Dunbartonshire and continue for at least a further seven days in Glasgow, East Renfrewshire and West Dunbartonshire.

“I understand this will not be welcome news for people living in these areas but it is necessary to help us limit the spread of COVID-19. Acting now gives us the time and the space to protect people and get more control over the virus.

“I would ask everyone to be extra vigilant, to follow all guidance and to isolate and book a test if they have any symptoms. Above all, I want to emphasise that getting a test – and even getting a negative result – is not a substitute for self-isolating. If you have symptoms, or if you are contacted by our Test and Protect team and told to do so, you will need to self-isolate.”