Stop Covid, prevent local outbreaks

People, Health and Care
12:10, Thursday, 18th June 2020

North Lincolnshire Council is calling on all residents and businesses in North Lincolnshire to do their bit to ensure that a local outbreak doesn’t happen by staying safe and following the national guidelines.

Stay alert – we can all help control the virus if we all stay alert. This means you must:

  • stay at home as much as possible
  • work from home if you can
  • limit contact with other people
  • keep your distance if you go out (two metres apart where possible)
  • wash your hands regularly

Do not leave home if you or anyone in your household has symptoms.

 Cllr Rob Waltham, Leader of North Lincolnshire Council, said:

“We have faced one of the most challenging times as a community and now as restrictions begin to be eased we must recognise it is not yet over.

“The impact of Covid-19 has been felt across our area in many ways; businesses have had to operate in different ways, many people have been asked to stay indoors for months to protect themselves and the community and in some cases we have lost loved ones to the disease.

“There have been some positives though. Not least the response from towns and villages across North Lincolnshire. Every community responded to the call to protect the most vulnerable.

“Many people – from Scunthorpe to Barton, Brigg to the Isle of Axholme and everywhere in between – have made the community response the overwhelming success it has been. We’ve looked after ourselves, our families and our neighbours.

“That response made sure the most vulnerable could be prioritised, that people could be kept safe and well, that our communities remained resilient and that the local economy was protected.

“Businesses, particularly retailers following the opening of non-essential stores, have been working hard to put the right safety measures in place to keep their staff and customers safe. It has been an extremely challenging time for everyone but shopping local and backing your community businesses will be critical as we re-emerge.

“A raft of support – literally millions in Government cash – has been offered to support jobs and businesses when they had to close or work differently to help them deal with the challenges the coronavirus outbreak presented and we will continue to work with businesses to help them reopen safely in line with government guidelines.

“But the responsibility lies with each and every one of us to stay safe – it is essential that we appreciate the consequences of our actions.

“We must all be disciplined with our hygiene measures, social distancing and infection control and realise that everything we do has an impact. We all have a responsibility to stop Covid-19 and prevent local outbreaks.”

Penny Spring, Director of Public Health for North Lincolnshire, said:

“We have reached a critical point in the attempt to stop the spread of Covid-19 in our communities. The responsibility is upon all of us to prevent further outbreaks.

“We have all as individuals, families, neighbours and communities endured a challenging few months since the first case of Covid was identified in this area back in March.

“Thankfully we continue to see the number of new cases reducing every day across the region.

“The reason for that is because we have all been diligent and committed to adhering to the national advice and guidance. We have all been staying home, maintaining social distancing and practicing good hand and respiratory hygiene.

“Not seeing family and friends has been tough though and the significant restrictions which have been placed upon our daily lives have been challenging.

“By working together as a community it has meant the most vulnerable people have been prioritised, the majority of the population has been kept safe and well, our communities have maintained resilience and the economy has been protected from the worst effects.

“However, people have died, Covid-19 has taken loved ones and it will again if the infection rate increases.

“It is now, that the level of infection, the R rate, is being maintained below one, that some of these restrictions begin to be lifted and that puts us in the most delicate of positions.

“We all must stay at home as much as possible, work from home if we can, limit contact with other people and keep two metres apart. We must also continue to wash out hands.

“We must all make sure that we work together once again to stop Covid and prevent local outbreaks.”

Dr Faisel Baig, Chair at NHS North Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group, said:

“We are fully supportive of the ‘Prevent Local Outbreaks’ campaign.

“I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank everybody across North Lincolnshire who have adhered to the huge changes we have all had to make to the way in which we live our lives.

“It has been a real team effort in firstly staying at home and, now, firmly getting the virus under control. Every death that has occurred is tragic and my heart goes out to all those who have lost loved ones.

“The discipline shown by local people really has saved many other lives though. Please don’t underestimate the role you and your loved ones have played in helping to save these lives.

“But as the campaign rightly states, we’re not there yet. While we need to support our local businesses and return to life as close to normal as we can, it is imperative we do this safely.

“Together we must continue to adhere to the guidelines. So please do remain two metres apart from other people, wash your hands both regularly and thoroughly, wear face coverings when using public transport and if you have any coronavirus symptoms, please isolate immediately, along with your household, and use NHS 111 online for advice.”

To keep up to date with the latest advice, go to the coronavirus page.