New steps to help prevent a local lockdown for Blackburn with Darwen

The most recent figures show that we are fourth in the country for the number of cases per 100,000.  To avoid a local lockdown – as seen in Leicester – BwD’s Director for Public Health is now asking ALL residents to take these new steps immediately and for at least the next month:

⚠️ A limit of 2 people from the same household allowed to visit another household

️ Please wear face coverings in all enclosed public spaces

️ Avoid hugging or shaking hands with anyone outside of your immediate family

️ Small shops – we will be stepping up our Public Protection advice to ensure that guidelines around face coverings, social distancing, good hygiene and increased ventilation is being followed.

️ Get tested – even if you don’t have symptoms this will help with case finding

Prof. Dominic Harrison said: “These steps will help and we are appealing to everyone in Blackburn with Darwen to follow them to protect themselves and their loved ones.

“If we don’t, a local lockdown, like in Leicester, becomes a very real possibility.”

Please help to share this information available on social media: https://en-gb.facebook.com/BlackburnDarwenCouncil/

It’s really important that this message reaches as many residents as possible.

Mandatory face coverings in shops

Wearing a face covering in shops and supermarkets in England is to become mandatory from 24 July.  Those who fail to comply with the new rules will face a fine of up to £100, the government has announced today in the House of Commons.  Health Secretary Matt Hancock said it would “give people more confidence to shop safely and enhance protections for those who work in shops”.  It is also vitally important as one of the measures to help prevent Blackburn with Darwen going into local lockdown.

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