HEALTH leaders in Sefton have issued a stark warning to local residents as they aim to avoid local lockdown measures.
Other parts of the north have been put back into lockdown following spikes in cases, and those in charge at Sefton Council want to avoid a similar situation.
As many as four million people in Greater Manchester, east Lancashire and parts of West Yorkshire are now banned from meeting people from different households indoors in response to a spike in coronavirus cases.
Sefton’s interim director of public health, Margaret Jones, is urging people to ensure they use face coverings in shops, takeaways and public transport, avoid crowds and keep to social distancing of two metres.
She said: “Unless they are exempt, it is so important people protect themselves and others by wearing a face covering, keeping a distance of two metres and regularly washing their hands.
“We have seen people incorrectly wearing face coverings so they must cover your nose and mouth, you should only handle your mask with clean hands. We want to prevent local lockdowns and protect frontline services who will need to deal with illness as a result of the coronavirus.
“We really need people to support us by doing everything they can to help keep our families, friends and communities safe.”
Sefton has set-up two local testing sites in Bootle and Southport Town Halls, and contacts of positive cases can then be traced to prevent a further spread of the virus.
Local authorities have been working hard with partners dealing with settings involved in outbreaks and helping them operate safely.
If you do develop symptoms of the coronavirus (fever, new continuous cough or loss/change of taste or smell) you can obtain a test by visiting nhs.uk/coronavirus or calling 119. If your test is positive you must follow the guidance including self-isolating for 10 days and members of your household self-isolating for 14 days.