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Charnwood residents urged to 'stem the spread'

People can't meet indoors with those they don’t live with

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Charnwood residents are being urged to follow stricter rules to stem the spread of coronavirus to vulnerable people.

The Government has announced that from 0.01 on Saturday, 31st October, the district will move to high alert which means that people cannot meet indoors – whether in a private home or public space – with those they don’t live with.

Latest data published by the county council, for the week ending 24th October, shows Charnwood’s rate of 439 cases for every 100,000 people is significantly above the national average of 224 per 100,000.

Leicestershire County Council’s director of public health, Mike Sandys, is encouraging people to ‘do the right thing’.

He said: “It’s clear that figures are still rising in Charnwood so this is a sensible move. Cases are very high in the 17-21s age range, while rates among over-60s have trebled since the end of September and this is driving the figures. 

 “What’s most important is what we do now. To stop coronavirus spreading to older, more vulnerable people, we need everyone to do the right thing. 

“By not mixing with people you don’t live with, self-isolating when you need to and avoiding crowded areas, you’re playing your part. This really is the simplest action you can take to save lives and livelihoods.”

With rates rising – and the over 60s in particular – it’s important we do everything we can to get it under control. 

This is a crucial phase. And it’s never been more important to follow the national guidance. I understand many residents may not be pleased. But this remains the biggest health crisis in our lifetime. By heeding the advice, you’re protecting yourself and others, and helping to stop cases spreading to our most vulnerable residents

On top of national restrictions, in a high alert area:

Social contact is restricted indoors to people in your own household or bubble – the rule of six applies outdoors

• Shops and retail remain open

• Schools, further education and universities remain open

• Places of worship remain open

• Leisure facilities and gyms remain open

• Overnight stays are allowed, in line with social contact rules

• Hospitality remains open

• Care homes will be closed to external visitors, apart from in exceptional circumstances

• Childcare remains open – and supervised activity allowed in private homes

Find out more by reading the Government advice: www.gov.uk/guidance/local-covid-alert-level-high

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