Council in for the 'long haul' in fight against virus

Published: Thu 24 September, 2020

*Shared in partnership with Leicestershire County Council*

The county council says there remains a rising trend in the number of positive Covid-19 cases across Leicestershire.

However, the latest data shows Oadby and Wigston’s rate has dropped to 94.6 per 100,000, but there have been increases in Blaby district to 72.7 and in Charnwood where figures are 42.7.

In parts of Charnwood and Blaby, the council is now delivering thousands of leaflets to people’s homes and businesses as well as contacting GP surgeries to highlight the need for people with symptoms to get a test.

In contrast, cases in north-west Leicestershire and Melton continue to be on the decline while the position in Harborough appears to be stabilising.

"Although we welcome the Government’s new restrictions, the clear message still remains that it’s up to us all to fight this virus. We’re in it for the long haul and it’s in our hands around reducing the infection rate. We’ve been focusing our efforts on particular areas, such as Oadby and Wigston, and we know that a good proportion of the cases we’re seeing there are down to close contact in informal settings, such as household visits and family gatherings. We all need to wash our hands regularly, use a face covering when social distancing is not possible and try to keep your distance from those not in your household" Person:Mike Sandys, the county council’s director of public health

The council has also identified around 20 ‘hot-spot’ areas of the county where there have been more than seven cases in the past fortnight. These include parts of Oadby, Wigston, Loughborough and Braunstone Town

"We are looking at these areas where there have been increases to see where the trends are and to identify if there is more work we need to do". Person:Councillor Lee Breckon, county council cabinet member for health

A notice has also been issued today (Wednesday) requiring Saffron Banqueting in Oadby to close to the public for not complying with social distancing rules.

This means that the business, based on The Parade, must close to the public and has been served by the county council, in consultation with Oadby and Wigston Borough Council.

"It’s important we take action where we are aware of a serious and imminent threat to public health. We understand that this may inconvenience customers, but we have to put the health of Leicestershire’s residents first" Person:Gary Connors, head of regulatory services for the county council

"Oadby and Wigston Borough Council were pleased to collaborate with Leicestershire County Council colleagues on a breach of COVID19 regulations at Saffron Banqueting Suite in Oadby.  

"As part of the investigation process our Environmental Health Officers visited the premises and collected data to deliver to Leicestershire County Council.  We were pleased that County today served a closure notice on the restaurant for breaching regulations" Person:David Gill, Head of Law and Democracy for Oadby and Wigston Borough Council

The Government has given councils new powers to help prevent, contain and manage local coronavirus outbreaks – and this means that councils can impose prohibitions, requirements or restrictions in relation to individual premises, events and public open spaces.

The business now has seven days to lodge an appeal to magistrates with the county council also required to review the terms of the direction in a week’s time.

Businesses across Leicestershire are also being urged to create an NHS QR code poster to make it easier for their customers to check-in to the national ‘test and trace’ system.

Find out more about the NHS QR Codes

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