Renfrewshire told to “play by the rules” or face another lockdown

Renfrewshire families have been warned to “play by the rules” or face another full lockdown.

The caution comes as the region’s households are banned from hosting visitors indoors.

The threat of heavier Covid-19 restrictions was issued by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde this afternoon after a further three Covid-19 deaths were recorded in Scotland.

It also came just hours after Renfrewshire was added to the list of local authority areas where visits to another person’s home has been banned.

Dr Linda de Caestecker, who has overseen the trace and protect system at the seven Covid-19 schools in Renfrewshire, said house parties and large social gatherings have contributed to the increased cases in Renfrewshire.

“Nobody wants to back to into lockdown,” she said.

“Nobody wants to be forced into only seeing friends on a screen again.

“So if we want to continue to meet our friends and family to enjoy a night out then we all need to play by the rules.”

A total of 91 new cases were reported in the Greater Glasgow area today, more than half of the 176 that were reported across Scotland.

Announcing the ban on household visiting in Renfrewshire, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said the spread of the virus in the area was forcing her to take action.

She said: “Overall, I believe that these restrictions represent a proportionate and hopefully effective – but also an absolutely necessary – response to a worrying increase in Covid-19 across these areas.”

It is hoped the new restrictions will also reduce the number of Covid-19 cases being detected in schools.

To date, pandemic experts have been called in to seven schools after staff or pupils tested positive for the virus.

Four of those – Gleniffer High and Mossvale Primary in Paisley and St Anthony’s Primary and Johnstone High School in Johnstone – confirmed cases within hours of each other.

The new restrictions mean that much larger numbers will be asked to self isolate if Covid-19 is detected in any other schools.

This is because the siblings and parents of children who have been deemed a “close contact” of the infected person will be asked to self isolate at home along with the child.

People are being urged to remember the FACTS message which asks people to think about:

Face coverings

Avoid crowded places

Clean your hands regularly

Two metre distance

Self-isolate and book a test if you have symptoms

Daily Record – Paisley