11/09/2020 - New Covid-19 guidelines begin on Monday 14 September
Following the Prime Minister’s recent announcement in response to a surge of Covid-19 cases across the country, there is a change to the latest government guidance which from Monday 14 September will apply to Luton and throughout England.
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
- 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
From 18 September, certain businesses to have a system to collect NHS Test and Trace data, and keep this for 21 days.
These rules can be enforced by the police who may issue penalties for anyone not obeying them.
For more information see Coronavirus outbreak FAQs: what you can and can't do.
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
You also must book a test and self-isolate if you think you have symptoms of coronavirus. The council’s current local guidelines will remain in place until 14 September after which point Luton’s guidance will align with that of the government.
To keep up to date please read the latest coronavirus updates at www.luton.gov.uk/coronavirus.
Today (Friday 11 September 2020), the government announced that it was no longer classing Luton as an area of special concern, which we have been for a number of weeks after we have had one of the highest infection rates in the country.
Specific measures were introduced towards the end of July 2020 to combat the rising numbers of people testing positive for the virus. This included making testing more widely available for residents and those who worked in the town.
Last week, Luton had moved to below the national average infection rate, but our rate has crept up again this week after an increase in positive cases this week demonstrating just how difficult it can be to control this deadly virus.
Councillor Khtija Malik, portfolio holder for Public Health, said: “Moving off the government watch list is great 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. This demonstrates that in the face of something as life-threatening as the current pandemic, the people of Luton have worked together for not only their family and friends, but for the benefit of the wider community.
“As the current national situation shows, we can never be complacent, and we must continue to be vigilant. While many of you will be delighted to be able to visit other people’s homes once again from Monday, please remember that no more than six people will be allowed to gather in this way and you must keep a safe distance at all times.
“It is also worthwhile remembering that all this new guidance will become a legal requirement and the police will be given powers to enforce people to comply if it becomes necessary."
Gerry Taylor, Corporate Director for Public Health, added: “On the 14 September, we begin a new phase but it is important that we don’t forget the lessons we have already learnt for our protection.
"Therefore, and in line with government guidelines, it’s vital we all regularly wash our hands, keep a two metre distance from others, wear face coverings in enclosed spaces, limit interactions with people we don’t live with and self-isolate and book a test at the first sign of coronavirus symptoms.”