Lockdown lowdown

11 May Coronavirus update

Last night the Prime Minister addressed the country on Coronavirus and current restrictions.  You can find the full speech here: https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/pm-address-to-the-nation-on-coronavirus-10-may-2020

Further guidance is to be issued this afternoon in a 50 page document so we will update you as soon as we can on that. In the meantime we’ve included some of the key points from the speech below.

  • “…we are taking the first careful steps to modify our measures…We said that you should work from home if you can, and only go to work if you must.  We now need to stress that anyone who can’t work from home, for instance those in construction or manufacturing, should be actively encouraged to go to work…you should avoid public transport if at all possible – because we must and will maintain social distancing, and capacity will therefore be limited.  So work from home if you can, but you should go to work if you can’t work from home.  And to ensure you are safe at work we have been working to establish new guidance for employers to make workplaces COVID-secure.  And when you do go to work, if possible do so by car or even better by walking or bicycle. But just as with workplaces, public transport operators will also be following COVID-secure standards.”
  • “And from this Wednesday, we want to encourage people to take more and even unlimited amounts of outdoor exercise.  You can sit in the sun in your local park, you can drive to other destinations, you can even play sports but only with members of your own household.  You must obey the rules on social distancing and to enforce those rules we will increase the fines for the small minority who break them.”

As always if there’s anything we can help with just let us know.

Q&A this Thursday

If you would like to ask questions and raise queries or concerns about the current guidance, restrictions and ‘road map’ for the way ahead through the online Q&A this week – please let us know.

Blackburn BID, the Hive and the Council are keen to provide as much help and support as possible to you, in the best way for you.

For more information email catherine.price@newground.co.uk

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