The Scottish Government has announced that from midnight tonight, households in West Dunbartonshire must not meet with other households, all care home and hospital visits will only be conducted outside, if any member of a household is identified as a close contact of a confirmed COVID-19 case then that household must quarantine for 14 days. These restrictions will be reviewed after seven days but are expected to last for at least two weeks.

The number of cases in West Dunbartonshire has risen to 32 per 100,000 people – more than three times the Scottish average.

Jackie Baillie MSP said:

“I understand that an increase to restrictions which had previously been eased will come as a disappointment to many people. However, I cannot stress enough the importance of following absolutely all guidance that has been set. In essence, households are not to socialise but schools and economic activity can continue.

“These steps are in place to protect our health and the wellbeing of the most vulnerable in our communities. Our area has been particularly badly hit by Covid-19 and while we are through the worst of it, we are not yet in the clear.

“I am fully aware of the frustrations and issues that local people have had in trying to access local testing in recent days. I have continually argued for a permanent local testing unit to be opened in our area and will continue to do so in the coming days. This evening I have spoken to the deputy First Minister John Swinney and he has arranged for a mobile unit to be based in Dumbarton for the immediate period.

“My thanks continue to go to all the frontline and key workers who are supporting our community during this time and we owe it to them to all play our part and strictly follow the guidance.”

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