YOUNG people in East Renfrewshire are being urged to take care as Covid restrictions ease and the summer brings more opportunities to socialise.

The plea has been issued by Police Scotland, the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) and East Renfrewshire Council, who say it is vital that people continue to follow coronavirus guidance.

They are also urging youngsters to avoid locations where they could find themselves in danger of physical harm, such as disused quarries.

Chief Inspector Alan Gray, area commander, told the Barrhead News: “More than ever before, this year will see a summer when we anticipate our residents will look to enjoy the many parks and open spaces East Renfrewshire has to offer.

“We are committed to working with all our partners in East Renfrewshire to make sure all members of our communities can do so safely.”

At present, up to eight people aged over 12 from a maximum of eight households are able to meet together outdoors.

Council chiefs say there are a wide range of activities available to young people but they are working to ensure more are on offer in the coming weeks and months as the recovery from the impact of the pandemic continues.

Councillor Colm Merrick, community services and community safety convener, added: “We know the pandemic has been especially tough on our young people, so I am pleased that restrictions are beginning to ease and there are more opportunities for socialising and activities.

“Parents, carers and our young people will still have the responsibility to ensure that the guidance is being followed and no-one is being put at any form of risk.

“We’re grateful for our residents’ continued support in ensuring young people can socialise safely for the benefit of our wider community and I hope everyone has a happy summer break.”