Following the First Minister’s address on the 8th December, Renfrewshire will move down into Level 3 from Friday 11th December at 6pm.

The past 3 weeks of severe Level 4 restrictions has seen the prevalence of positive cases reduce to levels where a move to Level 3 has been deemed safe and appropriate, and although the number of positive tests fluctuates on a daily basis, the national average for test positivity in the week up to Friday 4th December was back under 5% – the threshold that the WHO uses to determine if an outbreak is under control. This progress is also reflected in hospital and intensive care statistics and has put the country in a much better position to cope with the inevitable difficulties of winter.

Despite the progress that has been made, the First Minister advised that a move back down to Level 3 does not remove the need for a cautious and careful approach moving forward as the risks and challenges of the next few months are clear.

Under Level 3 anyone living in Renfrewshire must not travel outside the local authority area unless travelling for essential reasons such as work, healthcare, or caring responsibilities, and indoor visits to any household outside your own or extended household is still prohibited. However Level 3 does permit the reopening of non-essential retail businesses, along with the hospitality, beauty and leisure industries – albeit under the same restrictions as previously.

George Adam, Paisley’s MSP, said:

“I know this will be very welcomed news by most of us here in Paisley and I’m delighted that our local businesses who have been closed for the past 3 weeks will be allowed to reopen and trade again.

“However like the First Minister stressed, this reduction in levels does not by any stretch of the imagination mean we are out of the woods yet – and if the increase of positive cases we saw last month has taught us anything, it’s that COVID can rapidly spread throughout our community again if we’re not careful.

“This week has been a very positive one with the first doses of the vaccine now administered to some of the most vulnerable in our communities, and I know many people will be looking forward to being able to see friends and loved ones under the temporary restrictions for over the festive period – but above all I would urge everyone living and working in Paisley right now to really question whether their journeys are essential so we can keep making progress against this horrible illness.”