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Why It Matters in Worcestershire

Dr Kathryn Cobain Published Friday, 14th August 2020

After months of lockdown, are you ready to start getting back to normal? Perhaps you want to travel, see your family and visit friends you’ve missed?

After months of lockdown, are you ready to start getting back to normal? Perhaps you want to travel, see your family and visit friends you’ve missed?

Covid-19 has prevented everyone from being able to do something, or see someone, they love.

That’s why it’s so important we all follow the health advice to stop the spread of Covid-19. It keeps us all safe and will help us get back to normal more quickly.

Worcestershire residents have begun sharing their personal stories of why it matters to them. Covid has not gone away, and we should all wash our hands, keep our distance and use a face covering.

The County Council is launching a new ‘Why It Matters’ initiative to encourage us all to think about why sticking to these guidelines is important to us.

Laura Gill, founder of the Monday Nite (CORR) Club, a club for adults with learning difficulties and disabilities in Worcestershire, said: “I’m keeping two metres social distance from everyone because I want to be safe and I want to be healthy. I’m also trying to get back to the Monday Nite Club when this is all over.”

Michael Perryman at Perdiswell Leisure Centre said: “During lockdown, sports and leisure centres were closed, meaning people weren’t able to stay active. Physical activity is important to staying fit and healthy, and we would hate to have to close again.”

Dr Kathryn Cobain, Director of Public Health in Worcestershire, said: “It matters to me that everyone sticks to the guidance set out by Public Health because I want to be able to spend time with my family this winter. Taking the right measures now means we can prevent a second wave or outbreak.

“We want to know why it matters to you that people follow the hands, face, space guidance.”

Sara Sousa, a nurse at Alexandra Hospital in Redditch, said: “I wear a face covering all day at work and ensure I keep my distance and follow guidance at all times. It matters to me because I want to be able to travel and go to Madeira to see my family again.”

Everyone has their reasons for following the guidance, why does it matter to you? Share your videos on Twitter, tagging in @worcscc and use the hashtag #WhyitMatters

Visit the Worcestershire County Council website for all the latest information and guidance