Coronavirus update: Strict social distancing still needed

Published May 12, 2020 at 9:06

Coronavirus has had a terrible toll on us all in this borough. But we are a resilient folk in Rossendale. And as a borough, we have responded magnificently to this awful virus.

Everyone has played their part in limiting the spread of the virus, protecting the NHS and keeping people safe  – by staying at home, by strictly social  distancing when out, by volunteering to help and by keeping an eye out on vulnerable neighbours. But we are not out of the woods yet and we still need to do what we can to save lives.

We know from some of the queries we have already had that there is some confusion about the latest government update. You can read the briefing here.

However, the basics have not changed.

  • You should continue to shield if you have been told to and are considered clinically vulnerable
  • You should stay within your own households. Do not invite people over or visit others in their home.
  • Isolate if you or someone in your household have symptoms
  • If you do have to go out of your house – make sure you keep two metres apart at all times.

We hope this helps clear up any confusion about whether the lockdown has been lifted.

We all want to return to a more normal Rossendale. But caution is our watchword.

We will continue to work with our partners such as the NHS, Lancashire County Council, Rossendale Leisure Trust and community groups as we collectively responded to this crisis.

We will also continue to review the local decisions we have made as the government gives more detailed guidance and advice.

Thank you once again for helping us tackle this terrible virus.

Councillor Alyson Barnes, Leader of the Council

Neil Shaw, Chief Executive

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