New Local Restrictions Implemented to Try to Stop the Spread of the Virus

Published: Friday, 18 September 2020

As infection rates continue to rise in the Borough, the Council implemented actions designed to restrict the spread of the virus across the Borough. The Government has reviewed these actions and agree with their implementation. They will pass these into legislation enabling enforcement from Tuesday 22 September 2020. The Council is confident that in the majority of cases residents will play their part in reducing community transmission as they have done throughout the pandemic. However for the small minority that choose to ignore the advice, the Council will take enforcement action where appropriate.

The local infection rate is the second highest in the country with a rate of over 145 cases per 100,000, almost a 50% increase on the rate at the beginning of the week. The national average stands at around 33 per 100,000. In addition, our positive test rate is over 6% - double the national average.

This outbreak is across all communities and age groups and not down to a single cause, but the common link in all of this is people. These restrictions along with the closure of our parks is to try and assist in the prevention of the community spread of the virus which will only be achieved with people changing their behaviours.

The restrictions in the Borough are as follows:

  • You cannot socialise with other people outside of their own households or support bubble in private homes and gardens from 22 September
  • You cannot use the Council’s parks between the hours of 5pm and 7am.

Although the restrictions become enforceable by law on 22nd September, the restrictions relating to our parks came into force on Thursday 17th September.

However, we strongly recommend that the residents follow these guidelines now to help stem the spread of the virus.

Cllr John Boyce, Leader of the Council said “I appreciate that since the start of the pandemic you have been requested to follow restrictions and this has been hard to do. I want to thank everyone who has followed the guidance so far but please follow these new restrictions to try to stabilise and reduce the spread of the virus”

What you can continue to do

  • Meet up to five people from outside your household in parks and open spaces, keeping 2 metres apart
  • Go on day trips and make non-essential journeys
  • Go on holiday with people you live with but adhere to the self-isolation on return for those on the Government list
  • Visit a hairdresser, café, bar, cinema or restaurant
  • Meet up to five people from other households in a beer garden or other outdoor hospitality setting as long as you keep 2 metres apart
  • Go to a place of worship for collective worship

Testing

Anyone noticing the first signs of coronavirus – which could include a high temperature, a continuous cough or changes to their sense of taste or smell – must stay at home and arrange a test immediately.

To book a test at a testing centre, go to www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test or call 119.

Guidance for everyone in the Borough of Oadby and Wigston remains as follows:

  • Stay 2 metres apart from anyone outside of your household
  • Wash your hands regularly for more than 20 seconds
  • Limit your contact with other people
  • Wear a face covering on buses, in shops, in hospitals and in any confined space
  • Don’t meet up with other people in their homes or gardens
  • Book a test and self-isolate as soon as symptoms appear at nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test
  • No internet access? Call 119 to book your test
  • If you test positive, continue to stay at home for at least 10 days and until you feel better
  • Members of your household should stay at home for 14 days

Answers to some frequently asked questions about COVID-19 are available on the Council’s website.

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