Blackburn Cathedral becomes a vaccination centre and changes to travel corridors

Blackburn Cathedral, in Blackburn, Lancashire

Blackburn Cathedral becomes a vaccination centre

The vaccination programme is ramping up locally and Blackburn Cathedral’s crypt is open from today (January 18) as the first mass vaccination site in Lancashire.  

The Dean of Blackburn Cathedral and Blackburn BID Executive Board Member Peter Howell-Jones said: “I am over the moon. It is a joy to see the Cathedral at the heart of Blackburn community life. We have put a lot of effort into making it clinically and Covid safe.”  

Residents driving into Blackburn to get their coronavirus vaccination will be able to park for free in various Council car park sites, the Council has announced, to support the roll out of the NHS’s vaccination programme.  Car parks include: 

  • Simmons Street – this has been allocated as a free car park for anyone using the vaccination centre based within Barbara Castle Way Health Centre.
  • Weir Street and Penny Street – these have been allocated as free car parks for anyone using the vaccination centre based within Blackburn Cathedral. 

More details available here: https://theshuttle.org.uk/free-parking-offer-for-covid-vaccine-recipients/

Travel corridors suspended, changes to jobs qualifying for travel exepmtions:

Travel corridors have been suspended from 4am today (Monday 18 January). People entering the UK must:

  • take a COVID-19 test
  • complete a passenger locator form 
  • self-isolate for 10 days (if not exempt)

As of 4am Monday 18 January 2021 the following jobs no longer qualify for travel exemptions:

  • advertising productions
  • business directors bringing jobs and investment to the UK 
  • journalists
  • National Lottery
  • performing arts professionals
  • television production
  • high-end television production and film
  • ornamental horticulture workers

Jobs that qualify for travel exemptions can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-travellers-exempt-from-uk-border-rules/coronavirus-covid-19-travellers-exempt-from-uk-border-rules

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