Low chance of lock­down says ex­pert

Ormskirk Advertiser - - Front Page - BY JAMIE LOPEZ

THE chances of lo­cal lock­down re­stric­tions be­ing im­posed in West Lan­cashire re­main rel­a­tively low, ac­cord­ing to the county coun­cil’s act­ing direc­tor of pub­lic health.

Ab­dul Razaq, act­ing direc­tor of pub­lic health at Lan­cashire County Coun­cil, said that al­though prepa­ra­tions were be­ing made by borough coun­cils, Covid19 rates re­main well be­low other nearby ar­eas.

Ear­lier this month, 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.

West Lan­cashire Borough coun­cil­lor Ron Cooper then warned that lo­cal preven­tion plans were be­ing made “an­tic­i­pa­tion that lock­down mea­sures will be put in place”, while coun­cil chiefs begged res­i­dents to fol­low guide­lines and pre­vent sim­i­lar ac­tion be­ing taken in the borough.

But in a press con­fer­ence last week, Mr Razaq ex­plained that mea­sures be­ing taken in West Lan­cashire were to pre­vent a spike in pos­i­tive cases which may push to­wards new re­stric­tions be­ing im­posed.

He said: “In terms of South Rib­ble and West Lan­cashire, the rates are rel­a­tively low as com­pared with Pen­dle, Hyn­d­burn, Burn­ley, and Pre­ston.

“In each of those ar­eas the district coun­cils have stood up their Covid preven­tion task force groups which are ac­tu­ally meet­ing on a reg­u­lar ba­sis, if not daily.

“Within those plans they are step­ping up the plans around the high risk busi­nesses and mak­ing sure they are Covid­se­cure, mak­ing sure that the proper mes­sag­ing is re­in­forced and clearly push­ing for ad­di­tional test­ing within those ar­eas.”

THE Mayor of West Lan­cashire, Coun­cil­lor Ter­ence Aldridge, is urg­ing ev­ery­one in West Lan­cashire to stay safe and fol­low the na­tional guid­ance about Coron­avirus as ar­eas across the North West are need­ing to im­pose lo­cal lock­down mea­sures.

Cllr Aldridge said: “It is so im­por­tant we stay safe and look af­ter each other. Coron­avirus is still here and if we all pull to­gether we can do the best for West Lancs”.

Na­tional guid­ance is to reg­u­larly wash your wash for at least 20 sec­onds es­pe­cially when en­ter­ing your home, keep­ing a safe dis­tance and wear­ing a mask in en­closed spa­ces such as shops.

Cllr Ron Cooper: plans be­ing made to an­tic­i­pate mea­sures put in place

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