Friday 18th September
In close discussions with local leaders, the Health and Social Care Secretary, NHS Test and Trace, the Joint Biosecurity Centre (JBC), and the Chief Medical Officer for England have agreed to introduce local measures in several parts of the North and Midlands.
This follows major increases in COVID-19 cases in large areas of the North West, Yorkshire and small parts of the Midlands which mean the following restrictions must be urgently brought in to clamp down on infections.
The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care announced that new measures would be introduced across parts of the North, including here in Burnley and Padiham from Tuesday 22 September:
The new measures mean that the following activities should not be undertaken:
- Residents must not socialise with other people outside of their own households or support bubble in private homes and gardens;
- Hospitality for food and drink will be restricted to table service only; and
- Late night operating hours will be restricted, with leisure and entertainment venues including restaurants, pubs, and cinemas, required to close between 10pm to 5am.
- Residents are also advised to adhere to the following guidance to further reduce rates of infection:
- Only to use public transport for essential purposes, such as travelling to school or work
- Avoid attending amateur and semi-professional sporting events as spectators.
I know this will be very difficult for local residents and whilst the data did show an improvement a few weeks, ago the number of cases, and ultimately hospitalisations from Covid-19 is now travelling in the wrong direction.
It’s important that we stop this increase before it gets out of control and I'll continue to speak with the Health Secretary over the coming days to understand what extra measures we can put in place to stem the tide in Burnley and Padiham.
These rules are those which the medical professionals feel is necessary to reverse this trend and stop transmission of the virus.
As ever my office remains ready to help and I’d encourage anyone who has an issue to contact me through my website.
These decisions have been made in close collaboration with local leaders, with many requesting restrictions to help prevent further increase.