On Friday, Preston was declared an “area of intervention” by the Government. This meant it became the latest city to be included in the additional restrictions that apply to other parts of East Lancashire, Greater Manchester and West Yorkshire and follows a rise in COVID-19 cases locally.
If you are a Preston resident, the new rules mean:
- You cannot have other people in your homes and gardens
- You cannot visit other people’s homes or gardens, even if they are in an unaffected area
- You are not allowed to mix with other households in indoor venues.
Social bubbles are exempt from these restrictions. Residents can meet in groups of up to six (or more than six if exclusively from two households) in outdoor areas, like parks and beer gardens. Households can also go to hospitality venues, so long as they don’t mix with others.
Everyone is also encouraged to get tested at Preston’s College, Fulwood if they are experiencing any symptoms of Coronavirus – such as a persistent cough, high temperature or loss of sense of smell. Everyone should also continue with regular handwashing, sanitising and social distancing of 2m where possible. Wearing a face covering is also now compulsory when in an enclosed environment like a supermarket, place of worship, cinema, hotel foyer, bingo hall or on public transport.
At Community Gateway, protecting the health and safety of our customers and colleagues is paramount. We had already introduced stringent new COVID-19 measures to help ensure everyone’s safety and you can read more about these here in an earlier news item.
As the new guidelines are based around social interaction, we do not currently intend to make any changes to our services, which are already being delivered to extremely high safety standards. You can read more about this in the Government guidance here which states: 'People can still come inside your home for specific purposes, such as when they’re doing so as part of their work, including cleaners, formal childcare providers and repair workers.' We will keep monitoring Government guidance and update you if anything changes through the website and social media. Updates will be posted on the home page and in our dedicated Coronavirus area, which provides a wealth of resources and information.
We would urge everyone to work together to keep ourselves, our friends, families and communities safe. This is a city-wide issue and it is essential that we all play our part in halting the spread of this virus.
You can find out more information in the latest news article on the Council website here , which also has links to more COVID-19 information.
The extra precautions will be reviewed by the Government next week and any changes will be announced on 14th August. The new regulations only apply to those living in a Preston City Council area.