07 Aug 2020

With the weather set to be warm this weekend remember if you are making the most of it to stay safe and keep your distance to protect yourself and others from Covid-19.

Anyone thinking of making the most of meeting others is reminded to keep a distance of two metres from anyone not from their household or support bubble, washing their hands regularly for at least 20 seconds and to wear a face covering when in enclosed spaces where social distancing isn’t as possible such as shops and on public transport.  

Director of Public Health for St Helens, Sue Forster, said: “Although infections are low in St Helens Borough the numbers are rising and as has been seen in other parts of the country these can quickly grow in a short space of time. We want to make sure that we do not face similar measures that have had to be brought in elsewhere. Whether it’s meeting in a park, restaurant, pub, bar or home it is important that we remember the key steps to help reduce our risks which is washing hands thoroughly for 20 seconds, keeping distance from anyone not from your household and wearing masks in enclosed spaces and on public transport. 

“If you feel that social distancing can’t be followed please take the sensible decision to leave the area and find somewhere you feel comfortable and safe. If you are visiting a restaurant or bar make sure to also ask staff about how you can register your details for test and trace purposes. 

“If you or anyone you know has any symptoms of a high temperature, a new, continuous cough or loss of taste or smell please make sure you isolate for 10 days and book a test. This is vital to help us reduce the risk of spread.” 

Councillor Anthony Burns, Cabinet Member for Public Health, Leisure, Libraries, Culture and Heritage, said: “Thank you to everyone playing their part in helping to keep our infection levels low, but we cannot be complacent because we are still dealing with the impacts of this virus. It’s easy to be lulled into a false sense of security as life returns to some normality but we need to continue social distancing as a way to break the chains of potential infection. The key is to make sure you feel comfortable that you are safe.”