Published 09 September 2020

Residents in West Dunbartonshire are being reminded of local restrictions which prevent them from socialising with other households within their homes.

The Scottish Government has confirmed that Covid-19 cases have continued to rise and as a safety measure the restrictions announced last week will remain in place for at least another seven days.

The restrictions were introduced on 1 September to prevent the further spread of the virus in the community.

Public Health Scotland experts confirm that the evidence points to the significant factor driving transmission locally is people meeting up in their homes without following the existing guidelines.

During the restrictions, people in the area are again unable to meet other households indoors either in West Dunbartonshire or in other authority areas.

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

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

Although people from different households can continue to meet outdoors and in hospitality settings, they must adhere to existing guidance.

For indoor meetings this guidance states households should be 2m apart and should not meet in groups that exceed three households, or eight person limit.

For outdoor meetings the guidance states households should be 2m apart and should not meet in groups that exceed five households, or 15 person limit.

People who are providing care or essential support can make indoor visits but must take extra 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.

Council Leader, Councillor Jonathan McColl, said: “While I appreciate these restrictions may be disruptive to you and your family, I urge you all to strictly follow them as this is the only way to protect our loved ones as well as the wider community from this virus. Please do not take the risk of causing or contributing to an outbreak in our area or beyond.

“While there has been a focus on house parties, please remember that any indoor visit – even having a relative over for a cup of tea -  breaches the restrictions and risks the health of others.

“If we all adhere strictly to these new measures, we will have the best chance of suppressing this virus and avoiding the need for any stricter measures being imposed on us.

“As a Council, we will continue to follow 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."

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/