SEVERAL Balloch businesses have been linked to a breakout cluster of coronavirus cases in the Greater Glasgow and Clyde Area, the NHS has confirmed.

The Queen of the Loch and Marston’s Inn, Lomond Woods Holiday Park and Sweeney’s Cruises were visited by some of the eleven people confirmed with Covid-19 from the original cluster site at M&D Green pharmacy in Port Glasgow and an Amazon warehouse in Gourock.

The local businesses have insisted that there is no cause for concern, as they have been visited by health and environmental officers who are satisfied that no danger to the general public exists as a result of the connection with the cluster.

Dr Daniel Carter, consultant in Public Health Medicine and chair of the Incident Management Team, said: “We would ask that anyone who has been in any of these businesses should stay vigilant and alert to any symptoms suggestive of Covid-19. 

“If symptoms arise people should immediately self-isolate and seek a test otherwise, they do not need to do anything additional to these general measures unless they are contacted by the Test and Protect service.”

A post on Sweeney’s Cruises Facebook page reads: “To reassure any concerns our customers may have, we were visited by West Dunbartonshire Council Health and Hygiene yesterday who were more than satisfied with the precautions and procedures we have in place.

“We received no recommendations that we should do anything differently than we have been since reopening and have been given the green light to carry on with our daily cruises.

“Our amazing team will continue to thoroughly clean our vessels between cruises, and we will continue to run at a 25 per cent of our normal capacity to ensure social distancing for the safety of all our customers and staff.”

A Lomond Woods Holiday Park Facebook post reads: “The EHO have been on park and are satisfied with our thorough cleaning procedures and safety measures we have put in place for our customers and our teams.

“We have assisted EHO fully with their enquiries including full track and trace details of our customers who were on park over this period. The EHO are extremely grateful for our assistance and are highly satisfied that we are able to continue to welcome customers to Lomond Woods safely.”

A Queen of the Loch and Marston’s Inn Facebook posts also calls for calm, reading: “Following the recent local outbreak of Covid-19 cases, please be rest assured we have enhanced cleaning procedures in place.

“We have cooperated with the local authority in providing NHS Track, Trace & Isolate data and in accordance with the local authority’s advice, some team members are self-isolating.