Call to ‘celebrate differently’ to stay safe

Published: Fri 23 October, 2020

‘Celebrate differently’ to stay safe is the plea from organisations across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland as residents gear up for Halloween, Bonfire Night and Diwali.

Chiefs from councils, the NHS, police, fire service and other bodies are urging residents to find alternative ways of marking autumnal events and to follow the latest rules and advice.

This includes celebrating Diwali virtually and in Leicester, people are invited to take part in the city’s first virtual Diwali Day celebration from the safety of their homes.

Leicester and Oadby and Wigston are at the high alert level – meaning households can’t mix indoors – and the rest of Leicestershire and Rutland are ‘medium’.

LRF quote: “The pandemic means that it’s not possible to celebrate as normal. But whether it’s moving events online or celebrating with the people you live with, there are other ways to do it. Since March, people have shown real resilience and creativity and I’m sure our residents will find alternative ways to mark these events whilst staying safe.”

A wide-ranging campaign – backed by the county council, the NHS, local authorities, Leicestershire Police, universities and Leicestershire and Rutland Sport – is encouraging people whether they’re on the school run, travelling to work, in the office or going out for a drink, to change their behaviour during the pandemic.

The drive, called ‘it’s down to us’, features local people and landmarks and is designed to remind residents that they play a big role in lowering infection levels.

LRF quote: “It’s clear that the second wave of coronavirus cases has arrived. This is a critical time so it’s even more important we do everything we can to reduce the impact of coronavirus in our communities and on our public services. Get a flu jab, reduce your contacts, self-isolate when you need to and avoid crowded areas. So whether you’re on the school run, travelling to work, in the office or going out for a drink, please do the right thing. The route out of this is changing our behaviour.”

The Local Resilience Forum brings together the NHS, police, emergency services and councils to coordinate and plan for emergencies. Find out more: www.llrprepared.org.uk

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