Commenting on the announcement that new coronavirus restrictions will be applied to East Dunbartonshire and Renfrewshire, Scottish Greens West Scotland MSP Ross Greer said:
“These measures are deeply unfortunate but absolutely necessary. We’re facing a really alarming situation here in the West of Scotland and unless these new guidelines are followed, a much stricter lockdown could become necessary. We all have to do what it takes to save lives and protect the health of those around us.
“Self-isolating if anyone in your household has been in contact with a positive case is particularly important. Given this, the UK Government must immediately confirm that the furlough scheme will be extended. I’m sure the Scottish Government and local councils will offer other practical support to those affected but that income security is vital. We cannot have people taking risks and potentially spreading this virus because they are afraid of the consequences for their family if they lose their income.”