Covid cases in the county are rising and it is important that we continue to do all we can to minimise the risk of spreading the infection. You will know from the Prime Minister’s latest announcement, that a number of new Government guidelines have been put in place to support this. We need you to encourage every individual in every community to take action, so that our children can keep going to school and our businesses can stay open.
The guidelines include:
- People using private hire vehicles and taxis must wear face coverings
- Customers in hospitality venues must wear face coverings, except when seated at a table to eat or drink. Staff in hospitality and retail will now also be required to wear face coverings
- Individuals who can work from home, should work from home
- Hospitality venues will shut by 10pm
- No more than six people at indoor organised sports meetings
- Weddings and civil partnership ceremonies and receptions will be restricted to a maximum of 15 people
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It remains crucial that anyone with Covid-19 symptoms gets tested, but its as important that people who don’t have symptoms, don’t get tested. There is increased demand on the Department for Health and Social Care testing units and not everyone who needs a tests Is currently able to get one. It’s important that we remind our community that tests are for people with symptoms – no symptoms, no test. People who have been in contact with someone who has Covid but don’t have symptoms, should self isolate for 14 days (it can take this long for symptoms to appear) but only book a test, if they develop symptoms.
You only need to have one of the following three symptoms to get tested:
- High temperature
- New and continuous cough
- Loss or change in smell and taste
We recently issued a testing flowchart to schools and pre-school settings to help parents and carers decide whether they should send their child to school. This can be found here. (JPG, 2.5 MB) Please do share with families in your community who are still unsure.
There is no change to the main public health messages. The best way to prevent the spread of Covid is to follow the guidance around: hands, space, face, test and trace. Covid is everyone’s businesses and the only way we can curb the spread is by sticking to the advice.