BREAKING: West Dunbartonshire to remain in level three restrictions amid warning

West Dunbartonshire will remain in tier three of the current coronavirus framework, Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed.

The First Minister has been speaking in the chamber of the Scottish Parliament this afternoon to set out the latest restrictions.

The tiers in which local authority areas are placed are being reviewed on a weekly basis since their introduction last Monday.

She told the parliament: “Everyone is finding the restrictions we are living under increasingly difficult. We do still face difficult times ahead.

“There are also grounds for optimism. We are not at the end of the tunnel yet but a glimmer of light has appeared.”

Ms Sturgeon also provided an update on the latest Covid statistics including 832 new cases within the last 24 hours including 293 in the Greater Glasgow and Clyde health board area within which West Dunbartonshire falls.

She also sadly reported 39 deaths since Monday of people who had tested positive for Covid within the last 28 days.

We told how NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde had earlier confirmed a “small number of deaths” following an outbreak of coronavirus within the Glenarn Ward at Dumbarton Joint Hospital.

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The First Minister however warned that there was some cause for concern over data in West Dunbartonshire on new cases.

She said: “While cases have stabilised. They have stabilised at a stubbornly high level.

“The difficult question we must consider in the next days is whether more time in level three will start reducing cases or whether that’s going to require more action.”

The continuation in tier three for now means household gatherings remain banned and, although hospitality venues remain open, licensed premises aren’t permitted to serve alcohol and must close by 6pm.

Non-essential shops remain open but people are being urged to stay within their council region unless for essential reasons.

These essential reasons include for work, to fulfil caring responsibilities and for exercise.

The Lennox Herald told this week how Loch Lomond and the Trossachs national park authority chief executive Gordon Watson warned people to keep non-essential travel to a minimum.

He said: “The Scottish Government’s guidance is to avoid unnecessary travel to or from level three local authority areas.

“For outdoor exercise, the guidance for those within level three areas is to keep travel to roughly five miles from your local authority area.

“As we are now moving into the winter period, please also be aware that many facilities such as public toilets have moved to winter opening hours.

“Information is provided on the national park website to help people check on local restrictions and visitors facilities.”

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