Adapting to Covid: Stop the spread and avoid further restrictions

People, Health and Care
11:49, Tuesday, 13th October 2020

Following the local Covid alert levels announcement North Lincolnshire has been placed in alert level 1 – medium. There are no immediate changes to what people can and cannot do.

Up to 7 October, the average rate of infection per 100,000 across seven days stood at 132. This is the highest it has been since mass testing began.

Public health officials have expressed their increasing concerns about the rate of transmission and are urging people to be “firm” in taking preventative measures to drive down the rate of infection and avoid moving up the alert levels to “high”.

Jilla Burgess-Allen, a senior consultant in public health for North Lincolnshire, said:

“The rate of infection continues to rise steeply across North Lincolnshire. This is much the same as the rest of the UK though we are significantly behind many other areas.

“Our place in the medium risk alert level does not mean we are in a good position, our trajectory remains concerning and we must be firm in our adherence to the preventative measures. We must all work together to bring the rapid spread down and prevent the need for additional restrictions.

“We know the majority of people have adapted to Covid-19, making changes and adjustments to their lives to ensure businesses can remain open and society is able to function to at least some level of normality.

“Not spreading Covid-19 should be incentive enough for people to stick to the rules to ensure we protect not just our ourselves but our families and our communities. Raising our own risk levels is one thing but when we do so we also raise it for others around us. For some people this virus can be deadly.

“If that incentive is insufficient, we at least now have a clear indication of what the next stage of restrictive measures look like – if the rate continues to rise then we know what happens next. Everyone has a responsibility to ensure they adapt to Covid-19 to stop it spreading further and prevent local outbreaks.”

If people are told to self-isolate they must stay home for the entire period and not allow friends or family to visit the house during that time.

Local Alert Level 1- Medium. What does this mean for people in North Lincolnshire:

  • must not socialise in groups larger than six, indoors or outdoors (other than where a legal exemption applies)
  • businesses and venues can continue to operate, in a Covid-secure manner, other than those that remain closed in law
  • certain businesses are required to ensure customers only consume food and drink while seated, and must close between 10pm and 5am
  • businesses and venues selling food for consumption off the premises can continue to do so after 10pm as long as this is through delivery service, click-and-collect or drive-through
  • schools and universities remain open
  • places of worship remain open, subject to the Rule of Six
  • weddings and funerals can go ahead with restrictions on numbers of attendees
  • exercise classes and organised sport can continue to take place outdoors, or indoors if the Rule of Six is followed

You must:

  • wear a face covering in those areas where this is mandated. Find out more about wearing face coverings on the Government website.

You should continue to:

  • follow social distancing rules
  • work from home where you can effectively do so
  • when travelling, plan ahead or avoid busy times and routes. Walk or cycle if you can

For the latest guidance visit the Government website.