Town Centre Police Operation
As part of an operation throughout the whole of Blackburn, the Blackburn town centre police team, supported by colleagues from other areas, last week took part in Operation Unity. This was a high visibility day of action and their results were:
- 2 incidents of shoplifting attended.
- 1 incident of a youth causing issues attended.
- 6 individuals were moved on for street drinking/ASB.
- 7 beggars were moved from outside businesses.
- 5 stop searches were conducted.
- 2 lots of drugs were seized.
- 1 arrest was made in relation to a shoplifting offence.
- 1 community protection notice was issued.
- Engagement visit to a local hostel was conducted.
Change to self-isolation rules starts today
From today the rules around isolation for people testing positive for Covid-19 are as follows:-
- People self-isolating with Covid-19 will be able to reduce their isolation period AFTER 5 full days (ie that start of day 6) if they test negative via a lateral flow test on both day 5 and day 6 and do not have a temperature
- Individuals who are still positive on their LFT on day 5 must stay in isolation until they have had 2 consecutive negative tests taken on separate days. For example, if they test negative on day 7 and 8 they can return on day 8.
- Tests must be at least 24 hours apart. If either test is positive, wait 24 hours before testing again.
- Those who leave self-isolation on or after day 6 are still advised to wear face coverings and limit close contact with other people, work from home (if they can do so) and minimise contact with anyone who is at higher risk of severe illness if infected with COVID-19.
- The rules for contacts of people with Covid-19 have not changed. Fully vaccinated individuals who are identified as contacts of someone with Covid-19 should take daily rapid lateral flow tests for 7 days but are not legally required to self-isolate. Unvaccinated contacts are legally required to self-isolate for the full 10-day period.