Saturday 15th August 2020
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22/07/2020 - Let's 'protect Luton'

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With a recent spike in the number of coronavirus cases in certain areas of the town, Luton Council is urging the community to keep following important health guidelines and share the information to keep families and friends safe.

​With a second lockdown being a real possibility if the infection rates continue to rise, the council’s public health experts are issuing additional guidance for residents including not meeting people in large groups and recommending face coverings in all public spaces where social distancing is difficult.
In a ‘call to arms’, the council wants people across the community to follow, share and reinforce the following key messages within their communities:
  • stay at home as much as possible
  • if meeting up with others, do so outside
  • don’t meet in large groups
  • keep a 2 metre distance from people outside of your household at all times
  • wash your hands regularly
  • wear a face covering in all enclosed public spaces where it is difficult to keep 2 metres apart
  • book at test at nhs.co.uk/coronavirus and self-isolate if you have any symptoms, however mild
Cllr Khtija Malik, portfolio holder for public health, said: “Fighting coronavirus is not the task of a few professionals. It is everyone’s responsibility. Too many families and friends have lost loved ones and we must do everything we can to ensure more lives aren’t wasted unnecessarily.
 
“One of the remarkable things about the pandemic has been the commitment, support and wealth of volunteers across our town eager to help the wider community. We are always amazed at what can be achieved through the enthusiasm and caring nature of our residents. We know the fantastic people of Luton will step up as they always do and help us get these messages out and ensure people are following the guidance. We really don’t want another lockdown in Luton.
 
Gerry Taylor, Corporate Director for Public Health, added: “We must never forget for a moment that what we are dealing with here is a deadly disease that continues to cause death, suffering and pain.
 
“The most important thing we can all do is to keep washing our hands regularly and make sure we keep at least 2 metre away from other people. In addition, wearing a face covering is vital where proper social distancing is difficult to maintain. Wearing a face covering can protect others around you, as well as showing consideration and can reassure those who are anxious.”
 
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