Worthing residents urged to “keep playing your part to control COVID”
Released: Friday, 11 September 2020
Worthing residents are being urged to keep following the government's 'hands, face, space' guidance to keep the number of COVID cases in the town to a minimum.
Like many other parts of the UK, latest figures from Public Health England show there has been an increase in the number of known infections in the area in recent weeks.
Health officials say due to the very small number of incidents being contained and those involved being responsible, the possible spread has been limited.
The Leader of Worthing Borough Council today thanked the public for their cooperation so far - and urged residents to keep on following key public health guidance to keep themselves and their families safe.
The guidance is to:
- Wash hands - keep washing your hands regularly
- Cover face - wear a face covering in enclosed spaces
- Make space - stay at least 2 metres apart (or 1 metre with precautions)
- Get tested if you display symptoms (high temperature / new continuous cough / loss or change to your taste or smell)
From Monday this will also include no gatherings of more than six while, from next Friday, it will be mandatory for certain businesses to collect NHS test and trace data and keep it for 21 days.
Cllr Daniel Humphreys, Leader of Worthing Borough Council, said:
“Thanks to the diligence of residents, the number of COVID cases in our area has - and continues to be - low in comparison to many other towns and cities. But, like other parts of the UK, the lifting of restrictions to reopen our economy has seen an increase in the number of infections.
“So far, local health authorities have been clear that in the small number of reported cases, those people involved have been responsible and fully cooperative. This has helped to contain COVID and will hopefully bring the number of cases back down over time.
“We will continue to work with West Sussex County Council and Public Health England to monitor the situation. Our public health team will also continue to offer support and advice to businesses and other organisations to keep our communities safe.
“Most importantly though, I want to urge the public to continue following the 'hands, face, space' guidance and request that those who display symptoms get tested immediately.”
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