Stick to the rules and keep yourself and others safe this summer bank holiday

Dr Kathryn Cobain Published Thursday, 27th August 2020

This bank holiday is normally a time when we mark the end of summer with family and friends

This year, the weather forecast shouldn’t be the only thing to consider when planning your activities.

Keep yourself and others safe by following Government guidelines to limit the spread of Coronavirus. Enjoy this bank holiday weekend but remember Covid-19 has not gone away and it is important to stick to the rules whilst having fun.

If you are planning to socialise indoors you should only gather as a group of no more than 2 households, this includes dining and/or drinking out of the home and visiting friends.

If you want to enjoy the great outdoors over summer bank holiday weekend, remember to gather in a group of no more than 6 people from separate households.

Keep yourself and others safe by continuing to wash your hands regularly, wearing a face covering over your nose and mouth in enclosed spaces and try to maintain 2 metres distance from people in a different household/support bubble. We all need to do our bit to ensure everyone enjoys this bank holiday weekend safely.

Dr. Kathryn Cobain, Director of Public Health for Worcestershire said: “The bank holiday is traditionally a time to take a break and catch up with friends or family. This year we need to be really careful and not put others at risk. If you are still planning to catch up with friends or family over this longer weekend, it is really important that you keep following the guidelines. This really will help reduce the spread of the virus and protect your family and friends.

Remember, if you feel unwell, book a Covid-19 test via the official Coronavirus test booking site and isolate for 10 days.”

Councillor John Smith, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Health and Wellbeing added: “There is plenty of advice if you are unsure of what you can and cannot do. The number of cases in Worcestershire remain low and that is down to the hard work we are all putting in across the county to keep going with the measures.

COVID-19 has not gone away and it is really important that we all continue to follow the public health advice.”

The bank holiday weekend for many is a chance to get away. If you have recently travelled abroad, it is important that all members of the travelling party self-isolate for 14 days upon your return, unless the country is exempt from this.

For more information, please visit the Governments advice page to learn more about what you can and cannot do.