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Stay safe as lockdown guidance changes

2nd July 2020

As lockdown eases due to the continuing fall in coronavirus (COVID-19) infection rates local organisations in Lancashire and South Cumbria are reminding residents of the best ways to stay safe, reduce the risk of spreading the virus and save lives.

From 4 July, the new government guidelines will allow more businesses to open, two households to meet indoors, and overnight stays.

Dr Amanda Doyle OBE, Chief Officer for the Lancashire and South Cumbria Integrated Care System (ICS) said:

“We know the impact that lockdown has had on people’s wellbeing, and that many people are making plans to go out and about this weekend. Please remember that anyone can get coronavirus, and anyone can spread it.

In recent months, the public have shown their support for the NHS. This has been really appreciated, and we continue to ask for your understanding and help to keep patients and staff safe.”

Andy Curran, Consultant in Emergency Medicine at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Medical Director for the Lancashire and South Cumbria ICS said:

“Regular handwashing, remaining two metres apart from others where possible and wearing face coverings if you need to use public transport remain the most important ways for you to protect yourself, your family, the NHS and your community.

Please remember that if you or anyone in your household have any symptoms of coronavirus – a high temperature, a persistent cough or a loss of taste or smell – then you should self-isolate at home and call 119 to arrange a test. You must also self-isolate if you have been contacted by the NHS Test and Trace service because you have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus.”

Clinically vulnerable people are now permitted to meet people outdoors and from 4 July indoors, but as they are at a greater risk of being seriously ill if they contract COVID-19, they need to be especially careful about social distancing and hand hygiene.

Watch Andy Curran's video below:

Video Transcript

Dr Andy Curran:

The past few months have been really difficult for all of us, whether you've been furloughed, working more shifts, not working any shifts, but we've all had to change the way that we live our lives.

This weekend a little bit of normalityis being allowed back where cafes restaurants and pubs are reopening and we all know how keen we all are to go out and be able to enjoy ourselves.

Because of the level of support that the public had given us in the NHS over the past few months, we've been able to keep as many people as possible safe and we're asking you to continue that understanding and help us protect our patients, our staff and the whole of thecommunity.

Coronavirus is stillcirculating within our communities, it is not going away and people are still dying of Coronavirus. So what can you do to help protect yourself, your loved ones and your family?

Well if you are going out this weekend, try and plan ahead, think about where you're going to go and make sure you know how you're going to get there and crucially how you're going to get back if you're going on public transport you must wear a face covering.

Once you get there if it's really crowded and busy, please consider going somewhere else because we want you to maintain as much social distancing as possible and avoid coming into too much close contact with other people.

Make sure you wash your hands or sanitise your hands frequently and regularly and try to make sure that you're avoiding unnecessary contact with people. It's really important that you stay safe this weekend and also that you do have a good time, but provided we're able to follow the rules and stay safe we'll be able to continue to do this over the next few weeks and months.

So please stay safe this weekend. Thank you.