Coronavirus: Lockdown restrictions extended to Lanarkshire

Tougher restrictions on home visits have been extended to Lanarkshire.

People living in the area will not be able to meet other households indoors from midnight on Friday.

Similar measures are already in place in Glasgow, East and West Dunbartonshire, Renfrewshire and East Renfrewshire.

The extension to North and South Lanarkshire means the restrictions now cover more than 1.75 million people in the west of Scotland.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon had earlier said that the number of new cases in the region was "causing some particular concern".

A total of 205 positive cases of Covid-19 have been identified by Test and Protect in Lanarkshire in the past week.

Ms Sturgeon said: "It is clearly regrettable that these restrictions need to be extended to people living in Lanarkshire.

"I understand that this will not be welcome news for people living in these areas, especially ahead of the weekend, but we must act now to protect people and get more control over the virus in the area."

The restrictions will be reviewed next Friday, while those affecting the five other council areas will be reviewed on Monday.

More than 1.1 million people in the west of Scotland were already covered by the home visit restrictions. North and South Lanarkshire have a combined population of more than 661,000 people.

People living in the areas should also not visit someone else's home, no matter where it is – although those in extended households can continue to meet indoors.

People from different households can continue to meet outdoors, and in pubs and restaurants, as long as they follow the guidance.

Only essential indoor visits will be allowed in hospitals and care homes, although outdoor visits to care homes will still be permitted.

Public health officials in Lanarkshire had warned last week that restrictions could be imposed if cases continue to rise.

Gabe Docherty, director of public health for NHS Lanarkshire, said: "Although we enter into these restrictions with a heavy heart, I wholeheartedly welcome them."

On Thursday, Ms Sturgeon announced Read More – Source

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