Enjoy the new rules safely and keep our numbers down

Dr Kathryn Cobain Published Tuesday, 20th April 2021

It has been hard work, Worcestershire has come a long way and now the county is seeing some of the lowest rates of Covid-19 in months.

It has been hard work, Worcestershire has come a long way and now the county is seeing some of the lowest rates of Covid-19 in months.

This week we have recorded the lowest figures for many months with Worcestershire rates at 12 per 100,000. That’s the lowest rate of infection since August 2020.

This is great news and puts the county in a strong position as the lockdown is easing but the work is not finished. We need to keep going, to continue to suppress the spread of the virus.

The warm weather means we can get out and about and enjoy the county, but there are still rules to follow to keep everyone safe and keep the number of infections low.

Dr Kathryn Cobain, Director for Public Health for Worcestershire said: “It is really great to see the reduction in the numbers of people testing positive for Covid-19. You have all worked so hard to achieve this and I know it hasn’t been easy. 

“As shops and premises reopen, it’s lovely to see people enjoying themselves out and about in the spring sunshine. We are now in a very strong position and it’s really important we keep it that way.  Nobody wants to see the numbers going back up and their loved ones at risk of being seriously ill.

Please keep following the guidance and only socialise indoors with people you live with or who are in your support bubble. Enjoy meeting up safely and keep to two households or six people outside.  Thank you so much, together we are making a huge difference. Let’s keep it going.” 

From 12 April further changes were introduced:

  • non-essential retail can reopen
  • personal care services such as hairdressers and nail salons can reopen, including those provided from a mobile setting
  • public buildings such as libraries and community centres can reopen
  • outdoor hospitality venues can reopen, with table service only
  • most outdoor attractions including zoos, theme parks, and drive-in performances (such as cinemas and concerts) can reopen
  • some smaller outdoor events such as fetes, literary fairs, and fairgrounds can take place
  • indoor leisure and sports facilities can reopen for individual exercise, or exercise with your household or support bubble.

For more information, on the government’s plan, please visit the dedicated April changes of lockdown restrictions page on the GOV.UK Website.