THE First Minister has announced East Renfrewshire will move to the toughest level of coronavirus restrictions on Friday.

The move comes after 1,248 cases were recorded in the last 24 hours as well as 37 additional deaths.

East Renfrewshire is among 11 that will enter the most restrictive measures of Scotland’s tiered system at 6pm on Friday. The First Minister stated that levels of the virus in East Renfrewshire is "stubbornly high". 

Positivity rate per 100,000 of the population as well as test postivity rate in East Renfrewshire are currently above the national average.

Nicola Sturgeon said: “The decisions will give us the best possible chance- allbeit in a limited and careful way – of being able to ease restrictions in all parts of Scotland for Christmas.”

What are Level 4 restrictions?

Level four restrictions are the closest to a full lockdown.

Non-essential shops – including bars, pubs, restaurants, visitor attractions, leisure centres and gyms - will close. All other close contact retail services, such as hairdressers, barbers and beauticians, will close their doors.

Unlike March, schools throughout East Renfrewshire will remain open.
Socialising in homes will not be permitted and those living under level four restrictions are asked to make only essential journeys while avoiding travel outside their local area.

Up to six people from up to two households will be able to meet outdoors as long as social distancing measure are in place. There will be no limit to outdoor exercise.

How long will restrictions last?

Level four restrictions are intended to be "short and sharp". The First Minister advised restrictions will be in place for three weeks - from 6pm Friday until Friday, December 11.