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Cornwall urged to follow the Covid rules to keep our communities and loved ones safe

After a week which saw new social restrictions placed on the whole UK, Cornwall Council is urging residents to look after one another and do their bit by following public health advice in order to control the spread of Covid-19 through our communities.

As seen across the whole country, there has been an increase in the number of cases reported in Cornwall in recent days, and further increases are expected in the coming weeks.

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The public health team are working closely with the community wherever we see new infections and are doing all they can to limit the spread of the disease.

At this crucial time, the whole community needs to continue to work together to protect our most vulnerable by sticking to the public health guidance currently in place.  This guidance includes:

  • Continue to wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds using soap and water or using hand sanitiser, follow social distancing measures keeping two metres apart if you can, and wear face coverings in line with government advice. Face coverings must now also be worn in taxis and private hire vehicles, and in hospitality venues – except for when you are eating or drinking.  Staff must also now wear masks in retail and hospitality settings.
  • Anyone who can perform their duties from home should do so over the duration of the winter.
  • Hospitality venues must be closed each night by 10pm.

Cllr Sally Hawken, Cornwall Council's portfolio holder for public health, said: “When we went into lockdown in March, our residents were amazing, sticking to the guidance and helping Cornwall to avoid the worst of the outbreak. I am confident we can do the same again. 

“I understand that in our communities there are a wide range of emotions. Some may be anxious and could be worried by the behaviour of others. Some residents may be fed up with the restrictions on their lives - but we understand that they are necessary to protect our loved ones, our communities the most vulnerable in our society.

“We are at a crucial point in the fight against this pandemic. Each of us must play our part in keeping one another safe and curbing the spread of this terrible virus.

“Cornwall Council will be there every step of the way to provide all the support and guidance we can for our residents.  

“So, as we move into the autumn pleasecontinue to follow the key public health rules: wear a mask as appropriate, keeping social distancing and wash your hands.”