RENFREWSHIRE residents who are classed as at higher risk from coronavirus will no longer be affected by shielding restrictions from Friday.

The Scottish Government said the progress being made in tackling Covid-19 means it is able to allow greater freedom to those who have spent months in lockdown due to an underlying health condition.

From Friday, they will be able to meet up to eight people from two different households indoors, as well as four different households outdoors.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said her advisers have told her that shielding can be “paused,” with those in this category able to follow the guidance for those who are at higher risk from the virus, such as the elderly.

Children who are shielding will be able to go back to school and adults will be able to return to work if it is deemed safe to do so.

Employers will have to ensure it is safe for a shielding person to return to work, although it remains Scottish Government guidance that working from home should be the default position if possible.

The First Minister also sent a “heartfelt” thanks to those who are shielding.

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