Call to ‘remember the basics’ ahead of bank holiday weekend

Published: Thu 27 August, 2020

*Shared in partnership with Leicestershire County Council*

Residents are urged to play their part in a new push to drive down stubbornly high coronavirus numbers across Leicestershire.

Ahead of the bank holiday weekend, Leicestershire County Council’s director of public health, Mike Sandys, is calling on people – whether they’re in the pub, the park or their home – to remember the basics and put social distancing top of their list.

Latest figures show that rates in three districts remain above the national average of 10.9 per 100,000 people – Melton (11.7), Blaby (16.9) and Oadby and Wigston (17.5) – although Leicestershire remains lower than the rate for England.

Mike Sandys said: “We’ve made big strides in Leicestershire – and that’s down to the hard work of residents. Although we’ve seen rates fall in some hot spots, we’re not seeing the countywide drop we’d hoped for meaning that numbers are nearly half of our districts are higher than we’d like.

“We need to bring rates down further. That’s the route to avoiding further restrictions – and so it’s important we all play our part. If you’re meeting up with friends in the park, make sure you keep two metres apart and if you’re visiting the pub, follow the guidance on socialising. If people are coming round to your house, stick to the rules and if you’re travelling to work, adopt the same habits you would whilst you’re in work.

“This may sound simple – but the key to getting this under controls really is in all of our hands. And it still lies in maintaining social distancing, good hand hygiene and wearing face coverings where you need to.”

Read the latest data for Leicestershire here.

People are urged to follow the guidance below:

-           If you have a high temperature, a new continuous cough or loss of smell/taste, book a test
-           Wash your hands regularly
-           Wear a face covering in enclosed public spaces, including public transport – unless you have a good reason not to
-           If you’re meeting up with friends, keep two metres apart
-           If you’re contacted by test and trace, you must isolate for 14 days
-           Avoid car sharing, if possible 
-           Read the guidance to find out who you can meet with indoors and outdoors

Read the Government guidance at: www.gov.uk/coronavirus 

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