Luton Borough Council
31/12/2020 - Luton remains in tier 4
Following yesterday’s government announcement Luton, the whole of Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes remain in tier 4 (Stay at home). This means there is no change in any of the rules and guidelines in place in the town.
The country as a whole is experiencing a record number of cases and a new mutation, which whilst it is not considered to have a more serious impact on health, is significantly more contagious.
In the light of this the advice from Luton Council’s Director of Public Health, Lucy Hubber, remains the same:
- stay at home as much as you can and reduce contact with other peoples
- remember Hands-Face-Space whenever you go
- self-isolate at home if you (or anyone in your household) is displaying symptoms or tests positive for Covid-19; or if you have been contacted by Test and Trace to say you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive
- get a Covid-19 rapid test, even if you don’t have symptoms
It is believed that one in three people who have the virus will not have any symptoms, but they can still pass it to others. It is extremely important therefore, that we all minimise social contact with others. Even if we feel well, we may have the virus and could unknowingly pass it to others.
If you live, work or study in Luton and do not have Covid-19 symptoms (and are not self-isolating), rapid lateral flow testing is available. These tests do not require a laboratory and return rapid results within 45 minutes.
Residents should not leave their homes or gardens unless they have a good reason to do so. A full list of these reasons can be found on the government website but includes: work, where you cannot work at home; essential shopping; education as well as exercise and recreation.
Decisions relating to the return of children to education in 2021 are made nationally by central government’s Department for Education and are given below. Your school will be in contact with you regarding its specific plans.
4 January: primary school children in the town will begin the new term.
Secondary schools and colleges will provide remote education for those in exam years. Vulnerable children and those of critical workers will attend school as normal.
Secondary schools will be preparing to undertake testing of students and teachers to allow for the return to face to face teaching.
11 January: secondary school and college students in their exam year will start face to face education.
18 January: all secondary school and college students to resume face to face education.
Parents of primary school children are being strongly encouraged to have their children tested at one of the three rapid testing centres in the town before the start of term, if possible. You may be asked to show some proof that you live, work or study in Luton when you walk in at our rapid testing centres.
You don’t need to book – just ‘walk up’ at one of our rapid testing centres which are open 8am-8pm, seven days a week:
Lewsey Community Centre, Landrace Road, LU4 0SW
Farley Community Centre, Delphine Close, LU1 5RE
Luton Central Library, St George’s Square
The testing centres are safe and social distancing measures are in place at all times.
The test takes less than 15 minutes to self- administer and you will get your result within 45 minutes by text or email.
The centres will be closed on New Year’s Day
Councillor Khtija Malik, Portfolio Holder for Public Health, said: “The presence of this highly contagious strain of the virus means we must continue to be on our guard. There is encouraging news regarding another vaccine becoming available, but as we await its roll out throughout the country we cannot afford to become complacent. The message is clear and simple. In order to save lives we must stay at home as much as possible and obey the guidelines and rules.”
© 2021 Luton Council, Town Hall, Luton LU1 2BQ