Stay home for another 3 weeks, Save Lives

Kath Cobain Smiling head and shoulders Published Friday, 17th April 2020

Stay at home for another 3 weeks and help save lives.

Worcestershire’s Director of Public Health, Dr.Kathryn Cobain, is urging everyone to follow today’s Government advice to stay at home for another 3 weeks.  

The Government announced today (16/04) that a further 3 week long lockdown is needed to protect our NHS and the most vulnerable in our communities, from the Coronavirus.

There are signs infection rates are starting to lower, but the continued measures are needed to ensure the virus is stopped and lives are protected.

This continuing high level of social distancing is vital to keep everyone safe, to prevent a second peak of cases and to protect the most vulnerable in our communities. Social distancing stops the virus spreading.

  • Everyone should be taking part in social distancing.
  • Avoid contact with other people. Keep two metres away from everyone else at all times.
  • Don’t go anywhere to join groups of people. Don’t have visitors to your house. Work from home if you possibly can.
  • Social distancing doesn’t mean you need to lock yourself away. Fresh air and exercise are still vitally important but enjoy these alone. Do not meet up with family and friends who do not live with you.

The Director for Public Health for Worcestershire, Dr Kathryn Cobain said; “Now is not the time to give the Coronavirus a second chance. It is extremely important that we all continue to stay at home. By avoiding social contact with others, we are saving lives. It may feel difficult and isolating to be avoiding other people, for another few weeks, but we must keep up the national effort a bit longer. I’d encourage everyone to stay at home, work from home if possible, and keep children at home. The measures do impact us all, but there is light at the end of the tunnel and by continuing to follow social distancing rules, we are protecting lives.”

The County Council’s priority is to safeguard local communities, protect our residents and help them stay safe. This may sometimes involve taking preventative measures to help reduce the risk of further cases.

We continue to work closely with our NHS partners, Public Heath England and district council colleagues to do everything we can to protect all people in Worcestershire and to keep everyone safe and well.

For further information on the social distancing guidelines, please visit the official GOV.UK dedicated website page.

For more Coronavirus information and advice, please visit the coronavirus pages on the Council's website.