Nicola Sturgeon has announced a ban on household gatherings in three local authorities in the Greater Glasgow and Clyde area for the next two weeks after a surge in coronavirus cases.
The Scottish first minister said localised lockdowns, which come into force at midnight tonight, apply to those living in West Dunbartonshire, Glasgow and East Renfrewshire, where infection rates have risen in recent days.
Those living in these three areas should not host people in their homes or visit someone else’s home, regardless of where they live. The only exception will be those who have already formed “extended households”.
Sturgeon said she understood “how difficult and unwelcome” the measures would be, but explained that transmission appeared to be happening mainly inside peoples homes and between households rather than in pubs and restaurants.
If anyone is identified as a close contact of someone with coronavirus in these areas, they and their families must isolate for two weeks.
Visits to care homes will be restricted to outdoor visits, while those advised to shield should be “extra vigilant”. Sturgeon said that the moves were “a wake-up call for all of us”.
Earlier on Tuesday the first minister confirmed that 66 of the 154 new cases reported in Scotland over the past 24 hours were were in Greater Glasgow & Clyde, adding that “the situation there is causing us some concern”.
She chaired a meeting of the Scottish government’s resilience committee later on Tuesday afternoon to consider what action was necessary.
The NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde area serves 1.14 million people, around 20% of Scotland’s total population, and covers six local council areas: East Dunbartonshire, East Renfrewshire, Glasgow City, Inverclyde, Renfrewshire and West Dunbartonshire.
The area has seen a number of local clusters in recent weeks, including ones linked with high schools and one at Low Moss prison.
Last week, some lockdown restrictions were lifted in Aberdeen, Scotland’s third biggest city with a population of around 230,000 people, after a cluster linked to pubs lead to their imposition on 5 August.
Source: The Guardian