Restrictions on visiting other households have been reintroduced in Glasgow and two neighboring regions after an increase in coronavirus cases.
The new rules affect more than 800,000 people in the city of Glasgow, West Dunbartonshire and East Renfrewshire.
They are told not to welcome people from other households into their own homes or to visit another person’s home.
The restrictions came into effect from midnight. They will last two weeks, but will be seen again after a week.
Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon said on Tuesday that 135 of the 314 new cases in Scotland in the past two days were in the Greater Glasgow and Clyde area.
She said Covid-19 continued to be a dangerous and potentially fatal virus.
“It is spreading again, especially in these three local authority areas, and we believe that in those areas it is spreading mainly as a result of household gatherings,” she said.
The restrictions affect 633,120 people living in Glasgow, 95,530 in East Renfrewshire and 88,930 in West Dunbartonshire.
People living in these areas should also not visit someone else’s home no matter where it is located.
The only exception is people living in extended households, who can continue to meet indoors.
Only essential interior visits will be permitted in hospitals and nursing homes.
People from different households can continue to meet outside as long as they follow instructions, and visits outside of care homes are still permitted.
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“I think this should be a wake-up call, not just for people in the city of Glasgow, West Dunbartonshire and East Renfrewshire,” said the Prime Minister.
“It should be a wake-up call for us all to stick to the guidelines and this virus is not spreading any more or faster. ”
Ms Sturgeon said the reopening of schools was not responsible for what happened.
She said that a “very small number” of school-age children had tested positive for the virus, and that this was mainly due to community transmission.
“One of the reasons we need to take strong action, where appropriate, to minimize community transmission is to prevent this from becoming a problem for schools,” she said.
She added that preventive action was designed to keep schools open and businesses running.
Ms Sturgeon had raised concerns earlier today after the latest daily figures showed 66 of the 154 new cases in Scotland were in the NHS region of Greater Glasgow and Clyde.
That compared to an average of eight cases per day in the same region during the first two weeks of August.
The daily incidence rate of Covid-19 is now almost 33 new cases per 100,000 people in West Dunbartonshire, 22 in Glasgow and almost 19 in East Renfrewshire. The rate for the rest of Scotland is just over 10.
The local lockdown that was imposed in Aberdeen last month was triggered by a rate of 14 cases per 100,000 residents.
Donald Macaskill, chief executive of Scottish Care, said the announcement was a blow to nursing homes in the three affected local authority areas.
He told BBC Scotland’s The Nine: “Sadly, it is the selfish behavior and attitude of a few, who put themselves first, that has kept some of our most vulnerable citizens from meeting their families.
“I am extremely disappointed that there are hundreds of families who will not be able to visit each other inside in the next week. “
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