By Democrat reporter
It’s finally Friday and we’re all looking forward to a fun weekend.
But ahead of new laws on Monday – meeting only six people from two households – Dr Emilia Crighton, the Health Board’s deputy Public Health Director is asking us to get ahead of the game and ‘stick to six’.
Over the last few weeks, new regulations have been brought in for five of the six Council areas – meaning we are unable to meet friends and family in our homes. This affects East and West Dunbartonshire, Renfrewshire and East Renfrewshire as well as Glasgow City.
Dr Emilia Crighton said: “It’s really been a tough year so far for spending fun time with friends and family and I know that people are finding it hard to follow regulations and at times truly resent them.
“We know it’s tough, but it really is necessary as most people get Covid from friends and family.
“I want to thank everyone – especially the young people – who have been doing what’s been asked of us. But we’re not there yet.”
From Monday a new law comes into effect too, meaning only six people from a maximum of two households can meet at any one time, indoors, outdoors or in the pubs or restaurants.
Emilia said: “The number of COVID infections is going up quickly and I would ask everyone do our bit to limit the spread of the virus and stick to six straight away.
Earlier this week NHSGGC revealed that the rate per 100,000 population it is highest in West Dunbartonshire where many cases relate to family gatherings and parties. The next highest rate is in Glasgow City and only the Inverclyde rate remains relatively low.
She added: “So my top tips for the weekend are – Stick to six people max, wherever you are. If you are out on the town, please visit just one pub and make that a quiet one.
“Nobody wants to go back to into lockdown. Nobody wants to be forced into only seeing friends on a screen again. So if we want to continue to meet our friends and family to enjoy a night out then we all need to play by the rules.”