Warning over ‘preparations for lockdown’
LOCKDOWN preparations are reportedly being made in West Lancashire – despite Covid-19 figures remaining below other areas.
West Lancashire Borough councillor Ron Cooper warned this week that local prevention plans were being made “anticipation that lockdown measures will be put in place”.
Cllr Cooper, who represents Tanhouse in Skelmersdale, warned on social media that there was an upward trend in cases in the area and urged residents to follow safety advice
He wrote: “I suppose you have heard that Preston has been required to apply further local lockdown measures.
“But, you may not have heard that West Lancashire has now been ranked as red which means that there is an upward trend in cases.
“Due to this upward trend WLBC are actively progressing our local prevention plans in anticipation that lockdown measures will be put in place for our residents as well.
“Please follow the safety messages and stay safe everyone. Let’s hope we can avoid this.”
When contacted by the Advertiser, he said that he did not wish to add to his comments, other than to request that more data is given to local authorities by the Government.
Last week, Preston followed Greater Manchester and East Lancashire in having local restrictions implemented which prevent multiple households meeting up in homes, gardens or indoor venues such as pubs and restaurants.
Those restrictions came after 61 new cases were recorded in Preston in the seven days to August 4. That is the equivalent of 42.6 cases per 100,000 people – up from 21.7 per 100,000 in the previous seven days.
In the same period, West Lancashire
recorded 14 new cases, working out at around 17.5 per 100,000 people. This was a drop from 16 cases, or 20 per 100,000, in the previous seven days.
Meanwhile, the council has urged residents to remain vigilant and follow government advice to prevent cases rising to a level that will see new restrictions imposed.
Cllr Ian Moran, leader of West Lancashire Borough Council, said “This is a critical time for the whole of West Lancs. We need everyone to play their part, it is really important you and your family know and are still following the safety advice especially where you need to wear a face covering, to keep washing your hands and keep a safe distance.”
The council’s chief operating officer, Jacqui Sinnott–Lacey, added “Other areas within the North West including areas as close to the borough as Preston have needed to implement local lockdown measures and we really need to keep West Lancs moving. None of us want a local lockdown to be introduced so we all need to work together to prevent this.
“We are working closely with our partners across the whole of Lancashire but most of all we need everyone to remember Covid has not gone away and they need to follow the safety advice.”
Shoppers in Manchester, where new local restrictions have been imposed. Cllr Ron Cooper, left, has warned of a possible new lockdown in West Lancashire