Warn­ing over ‘prepa­ra­tions for lock­down’

Ormskirk Advertiser - - Front Page - BY JAMIE LOPEZ

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

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