Everyone has part to play in stopping the spread of Coronavirus
Jonathan Gribbin, our Director of Public Health sends a message to Nottinghamshire business and residents about the Coronavirus – and how we all have a part to play in stopping the spread of it.
There is no doubt that the last few months have been a very difficult time for many Nottinghamshire businesses. I wish to acknowledge the hard work they have put in to keeping customers and communities safe from the Coronavirus. Their role is vital in ensuring that the settings in which we work, shop, and enjoy entertainment have arrangements to encourage the mandatory use of face coverings and routine social distancing.
We know that the virus spreads by droplets from coughs, sneezes and speaking. Scientific evidence tells us that, when used correctly, wearing a face covering can reduce the spread of these droplets, which helps protect others. Face coverings should never be used as a replacement for social distancing and regular hand washing. But when combined with them, face coverings can help stop the spread of the virus.
As a customer, each of us has a role to play in this too. We can help our local businesses by using face coverings where they are required, and by giving full and accurate contact details for all members of the group when visiting a café, pub or restaurant.
As a reminder, the list of premises where individuals are required to wear face coverings when indoors, unless exempt, include:
- supermarkets, shops, shopping centres, and other retail premises
- tourism and leisure, including hotels, museums, cinemas, theme parks
- hairdressers, barbershops and other close contact services
- community centres, youth centres, social clubs and libraries
- places of worship
- premises providing professional, legal or financial services, such as post offices and banks
Face coverings are not required in restaurants with table service, bars, and pubs. If other indoor premises have a café or seating area for you to eat and drink, then you can remove your face covering in this area only.
Remember, face coverings should also be worn on public transport and when visiting hospitals.
Everyone has part to play in stopping the spread of Coronavirus by following government advice, particularly guidelines about car sharing and, if any symptoms appear, self-isolating immediately and booking a free test by calling 119 or visiting the nhs website
Jonathan Gribbin, Director of Public Health