AS CORONAVIRUS infection rates rise the county council and police are urging residents to do the right thing for Warwickshire.
Warwickshire County Council says local data shows the virus is spreading more rapidly because of contact between families visiting each other’s homes or where large groups have been gathering inside or outdoors.
Along with Warwickshire Police they are urging locals to abide by the new rule of six.
Warwickshire director of public health Shade Agboola said: “I know this might feel like a worrying time as we see infection rates rising, but I want to reassure you we are continuing to do everything we can to keep you as safe as possible. One of the ways we are doing this is working together with our colleagues in the district and borough councils and Warwickshire Police to keep you updated regularly on any changes in national guidance and what they mean for people living in Warwickshire.
“On Monday new guidance came through on reducing the number of people who can meet together socially to six, both when out in the community and within our own homes. I know for some, this may be frustrating, but the only way that we are going to reduce infection rates in Warwickshire is to reduce the number of contacts people have with each other, which in turn will reduce the amount of people the virus can spread to. In addition, it’s also important to remember, hands, space, face. To wash our hands regularly, to wear a face covering in enclosed spaces and to stay at least two metres apart from those we do not live with when socialising or out in a public space.
“Equally, if you do show symptoms you must self-isolate and get a test. I know that some people have experienced delays in being able to get tested and while this is challenging, you are doing the right thing by staying home and self-isolating. New testing slots are being released twice daily, so do please continue to try and get a test if you have any symptoms. However, please do not book a test if you do not have any symptoms. It’s only by working together that we can really make a difference. So please, let’s do the right thing and help to keep the communities of Warwickshire safer.”
Warwickshire Police assistant chief constable Franklin-Smith from Warwickshire Police added: “The vast majority of the public in Warwickshire have followed the restrictions so far, making sacrifices to do so. We expect people will also take these new regulations seriously to protect themselves and their friends and family.
“Our approach to the new regulations will be to continue engaging, explaining and encouraging people to follow the new rules. However, we will disperse groups of over six and issue fines to those who refuse to comply.”
Visit www.warwickshire.police.uk to report breaches of the health protection regulations.