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Published 02 September 2020

The Scottish Government announced localised restrictions for West Dunbartonshire yesterday  (Tuesday 1 September) to prevent the further spread of Covid-19.

The announcement comes following an increase in cases in the area which the Scottish Government attributed to community transmission due to  indoor gatherings and parties where guidelines were not followed.

During the restrictions, which came into effect from midnight and will be in place for 14 days initially, people in the area will be unable to meet other households indoors or travel to homes in other authorities.

Only essential indoor visits in both care homes and hospitals will be permitted, though outdoor visits are still possible at care homes.

In addition, if one household member is a close contact of a confirmed Covid-19 case, the whole household must now self-isolate for 14 days.

People from different households can continue to meet outdoors and in hospitality settings providing all existing guidance is complied with.

People who are providing care or essential support can continue to make indoor visits but must take hygiene precautions and those who have formed an extended household can continue to meet indoors with enhanced hygiene measures in place.

Residents who were previously shielding have been advised to strictly follow physical distancing and hygiene measures.

The Scottish Government has confirmed that the reopening of educational establishments is not responsible for increased cases of the virus and so there is no need for schools or early learning centres to close.

There is also no requirement for businesses to close during the restriction period.

Similar restrictions have been put in place in Glasgow City Council and East Renfrewshire Council authority areas.

The current restrictions will be reviewed in seven days by the Scottish Government in discussion with local partners, including the Council, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and Police Scotland.

The Scottish Government has not ruled out extending restrictions if necessary to protect public health.

Further information on restrictions can be found here: https://www.gov.scot/news/restrictions-introduced-across-west-of-scotland/

Council Leader, Councillor Jonathan McColl, said: “These measures have been introduced for the protection of our community. While I fully understand these restrictions may be disruptive for you and your family, I would ask you to please strictly follow the guidance to ensure we keep all of our residents safe, particularly our most vulnerable who are more susceptible to the worst effects of this virus.

“I have met with both the First Minister and Depute First Minister, and as a Council we are working directly and in partnership with both Public Health Scotland and the Scottish Government. When agreeing these restrictions at yesterday’s (Tuesday 1st September) SGORR meeting, I have ensured that West Dunbartonshire will have a testing facility sited in our Council area and home testing kits will also be available.

“These restrictions do not affect people’s ability to go to work or school and are designed to be an early intervention to prevent further restrictions having to be put in place. We had hoped this situation would not arise but had developed plans to ensure we were fully prepared to respond in this event. As a Council, we will be following the advice of both Public Health Scotland and the Scottish Government and will continue to share information with residents via the Council’s website and social media pages."