‘Keep looking out for your community’ as Covid-19 restrictions lifted

Published: Monday, 19 July 2021

Communities in Oadby & Wigston are being urged to apply caution and continue to support each other as Covid-19 restrictions end.

Oadby & Wigston Borough Council will be supporting the Leicestershire wide ‘It’s Down to Us’ campaign which will remind people to think about continuing to do the basics – such as ‘popping on a mask when shopping’ and ‘to socially distance as much as you can’.

Councillor John Boyce, Leader of Oadby and Wigston Borough Council, said: “Our residents, businesses, communities and groups have done a remarkable job of pulling together, getting vaccinated and looking out for each other – all of which has helped us reach the significant milestone today.

“We’re encouraging our communities to maintain that spirit. Consider wearing face coverings and socially distancing when in public places, get a test if you feel unwell and encourage friends, family and neighbours to get the vaccine. This will all help to keep each other safe while we enjoy the freedoms we deserve after the challenges of the last 16 months.

“Thank you to everyone in our borough for their collective support. By being responsible and working together, we will rebuild our communities and local economy.”

Oadby & Wigston Mayor, Councillor Lily Kaufman, said: “I’d urge everyone in Oadby & Wigston to enjoy the new freedoms we’ve been given but to also think of others and continue to be responsible.

“The best ways to do this are to get your first or second dose of the vaccine and stick to the basics such as regular hand washing and wearing face coverings in public areas.”

Between 12 July and 18 July, 195 people in Oadby & Wigston had a confirmed positive test result. This shows an increase of 30% compared to the previous seven days.

With infection rates across some parts of Leicestershire continuing to show a steep rise, Mike Sandys, Director of Public Health at Leicestershire County Council, said: “With freedom comes responsibility. We do need to learn to live with Covid so, while I want people to enjoy the freedom, I’d urge them not to throw caution to the wind.

“The vaccine programme is doing a great job in keeping down hospital admissions compared to the last wave, but they are rising, and pressure will mount as more people are affected by the virus.

“I’d urge people to get their first and second dose of the vaccine as soon as they can as it could prove to be a life saver.

“It’s now around everyone pulling together to put a lid on the virus and that will happen by sticking to the basics.”