Council continues to urge residents to social distance

Published June 9, 2020 at 17:13

Rossendale Council is urging residents to keep adhering to social distancing measures to help fight the spread of the coronavirus.

The plea comes a few days after new research showed the R-rate for the North West could be just above one.

R is a measure of the average number of people one infected person will go on to infect. If R is above 1, an outbreak can grow exponentially, but if it is below 1, the outbreak shrinks.

Lancashire’s Director of Public Health Dr Sakthi Karunanithi has reissued advice that schools should not reopen to more pupils because in is professional view two of the government’s five coronavirus tests are not currently being met in the county.

There has been a slight relaxation of lockdown but the Council says the basics still remain the same:

·         stay at home as much as possible

·         work from home if you can

·         limit contact with other people

·         keep your distance if you go out (2 metres apart where possible)

·         wash your hands regularly

·         not leave home if you or anyone in your household has symptoms.

Councillor Jackie Oakes, Portfolio Holder of Health and Leisure, said:

“The borough has responded amazingly to the threat of this terrible virus but we are not out of the woods yet. We need to continue to stick to social distancing to help stop the spread of coronavirus.

“There has been a relaxation of the rules but lockdown is not over. We still have to limit our social interactions as much as possible.

“We can come through this but we just have to keep going, looking after each other and keeping to the basics.”

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