RENFREWSHIRE COVID-19 UPDATE

Following the First Minister’s briefing on the 10th November, Renfrewshire remains in Tier 3 with the public being asked to be increasingly vigilant and careful so as to slow the spread of coronavirus within the community and protect the NHS.

While there is no immediate requirement to move any local authorities into Level 4 – the highest level – this is being kept under strict review and will be evaluated regularly in line with the most up to date data and scientific evidence.

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.

The First Minister again stressed the importance of travel restrictions in bringing down the infection rate of the virus and acknowledged the sacrifices being made across the country.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said:

“The sacrifices everyone is making are hard – and they feel never-ending. But they are helping. They have made a difference, and they are saving lives. There is no doubt that the restrictions we have put in place have dramatically slowed the spread of the virus.

“But hospital admissions are still too high. The number of new cases we are seeing – more than 1,000 a day on average – is also too high. And we cannot be sure that we are seeing a sustained fall in cases.

“As I have said repeatedly in recent days, a rising or even plateauing rate of infection is not a stable position. We want to see a decline in cases. And so we will be monitoring the situation carefully in the days ahead.

“In light of the situation I have just outlined, it would clearly not be prudent to ease restrictions today.”

George Adam, Paisley’s MSP, is urging Renfrewshire residents to keep following the rules, keep up to date with the most current guidance, and to keep looking out for each other as best as they can.

George said:

“This year has certainly been a challenging one but as Paisley and wider Renfrewshire remains in Tier 3, it is clear that we are not out of the woods yet and must therefore keep doing all we can to slow the spread of COVID and ultimately help save lives in our community.

“I know many of my constituents were hoping for better news and will be disappointed to see our town remaining in Tier 3, but the hard decisions we’re all making are working and keeping our friends, families, and neighbours safe.

“If we keep following the rules and up to date guidance, we will come out of this stronger than before.”

Further information and advice on local protection levels can be accessed at https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-protection-levels/