Cumbria’s Director Of Public Health Urges Caution Ahead Of Lockdown Changes Next Week

By Rachael Grealish

As England prepares to ease lockdown rules Cumbria’s Director of Public Health is urging residents to be ‘cautious’.

From Monday March 29 for the first time since England was put into its third lockdown, 12 weeks ago, people across the country will no longer be ordered to ‘Stay Home’.

Limited contact between different households will be allowed and many outdoor activities will able to resume.

With this, and the release of the latest Coronavirus figures for the county, Colin Cox has reminded Cumbrians it ‘remains vitally important to continue to follow the hands, face, space guidance to reduce the risk of infection spread’.

He said: “On Monday restrictions will ease somewhat, a little more social contact will be permitted, and that’s welcome.

“We all need to remember though that significant restrictions will remain in place including a ban on people from different households mixing indoors.

“It also remains vitally important to continue to follow the hands, face, space guidance to reduce the risk of infection spread.

“A further wave of infection is a real possibility and that would mean restrictions remaining in place for longer, something none of us want. So, I’d urge everyone to be cautious, don’t think this is over yet.”

Mr Cox also commented on the number of COVID-19 cases falling across the county.

“This week’s figures are encouraging; our infection rate is continuing to drop and we are well below the national average,” he said.

“That said there are some things causing a degree of concern, in particular the much higher, and increasing, infection rates in some other north west Local Authorities and the small number of outbreaks we are seeing in schools.