Luton Borough Council
15/09/2020 - New Covid-19 guidelines
Yesterday saw the introduction of new simplified measures to attempt to halt the recent rise in Covid-19 cases in the UK.
Last week’s announcement that Luton was no longer being considered an area of special concern by the government, whilst good news, must not allow us to be complacent so we are urging residents to adhere to national government guidelines.
The following rules apply for mixing with other people:
- you must not meet with people from other households socially in groups of more than six, this will apply both indoors and outdoors
- members of the same family who live in different households must not gather together in groups of more than six
- any household or support bubble of more than six people will still be allowed to gather together in Luton and continue throughout England
- gyms, hospitality venues, restaurants and places of worship that are Covid secure may hold more than six people but they cannot mix in groups larger than six
These rules can be enforced by the police who may issue penalties for anyone not obeying them.
With stricter restrictions being brought in nationally there are no longer additional local restrictions in place. However it still remains the case that the safest place to meet people is outdoors whilst sticking to social distancing rules of keeping 2 metres apart from anyone not in your household or support bubble, even if they are part of your family.
If you have coronavirus symptoms
you must self-isolate and book a test
. There are nationwide difficulties in booking tests so if no tests are available on the NHS website initially, please keep checking back as new test slots are released throughout the day. Please only call 111 if you need urgent medical care.
The government has introduced simplified instructions for keeping yourself and others safe.
Hands – wash your hands regularly and for 20 seconds
Face – wear a face covering in indoor settings where social distancing may be difficult and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet
Space – stay two metres apart from people you do not live with where possible
Councillor Khtija Malik, portfolio holder for Public Health, said: “Moving off the government watch list was positive news for the town and is testament to the efforts of all Luton residents who have made great efforts to reduce the spread of Covid-19. Thank you also for the huge numbers of local people who came forward to get tested which has helped us manage local outbreaks.
“Unfortunately there has been a recent rise in cases in Luton and for this reason it is absolutely essential we stick to these new national guidelines for our safety and the protection of family and friends.”