Preventing the spread of COVID-19 in Notts - Latest advice from Jonathan Gribbin, Director of Public Health for Nottinghamshire

10 September 2020

Jonathan Gribbin, Director of Public Health for Nottinghamshire

“In recent days we have seen a sharp rise in cases across several areas of Nottinghamshire.  We are finding cases arise from what seems to be transmission in a number of different settings including households, social gatherings, overseas travel, travel to/from work.  Often the cases are people of working age including some younger people.  This underlines the importance controlling transmission in every setting in which we find ourselves, and we rely on everyone playing their part to stop the spread."

"To play your part in stopping the spread, I am urging everyone to adhere to the Rule of Six which commences on Monday 14 September. This means that you should not meet with people from other households socially in groups of more than six. This will apply indoors and outdoors, including in private homes. Education and work settings are unaffected.

"I am also urging everyone to observe “Hands, Face, Space” which means:

Hands - wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds
Face - wear a face covering where required, unless you are exempt
Space - Maintain social distance of at least 2metres from anyone you don’t live with (or 1metre plus additional precautions such as extra ventilation, screens or face coverings)

"When eating out at a café, pub or restaurant everyone should be providing full and accurate contact details of everyone in your group. This NHS Test and Trace Service is important for tracking and preventing the spread of COVID-19. Businesses have a clear duty to support this service.

"You can unknowingly spread the virus to other people when car sharing. Whether you’re commuting to work or picking a family member up from the airport, it is vital that you stick to the full guidance around car sharing which includes keeping windows open, sticking to small groups and wiping down surfaces.

"Finally, it is crucial that if you have COVID symptoms, get a test and self-isolate. Symptoms include a fever, a new continuous cough, or loss of your sense of taste or smell. Call 119 to book your free test or visit https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-and-tracing/get-a-test-to-check-if-you-have-coronavirus"

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