Be responsible, save lives and stick with it this bank holiday weekend

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Press release issued on behalf of Suffolk Resilience Forum. Published on 22 May 2020.

suffolkresilienceforumSuffolk Resilience Forum is urging people to keep doing the right thing this bank holiday weekend, as the county’s #StickWithItSuffolk campaign continues.

Despite the relaxation of some of the Government restrictions, there is still a risk that the spread of coronavirus is likely to increase. This will happen if we are not responsible and fail to stay alert, especially with the temptation to take advantage of the predicted good weather.

Suffolk has been very successful in slowing the infection rate by the public staying at home, keeping two metres apart when out, not gathering in groups and washing hands regularly.

However the NHS, emergency services and public sector organisations which make up the Suffolk Resilience Forum are stressing people must stick with it and keep following these instructions if we are to continue slowing the spread of the virus and saving lives.

Dr Mark Shenton, a GP at StowHealth in Stowmarket, said:

"Put simply, if more of us go outside, the greater the risk of the virus spreading. That means if people don’t follow the instructions, my colleagues and our hospitals will undoubtedly get busier, and sadly more people may die.

“But like most of us, I’m looking forward to getting some fresh air this weekend and appreciate that we don’t all want to be indoors the whole time. Being outside is good for our mental health and wellbeing.

“If you do go out, keep two metres apart and keep washing your hands. If you arrive somewhere and it looks busy, think about heading somewhere different where fewer people are.”

Cases of COVID-19 continue to rise in Suffolk, although more slowly, which is why it is crucial that people keep following the instructions.

These are:

  • Keep staying at home
  • Keep working from home where you can
  • Keep 2 metres apart if you go out
  • Keep exercising safely
  • Keep washing your hands with soap and water
  • Keep self-isolating if you or anyone in your household has symptoms
  • Keep travelling by car, bike or walking
  • Keep staying safe at work
  • Keep shielding yourself if you’re vulnerable
  • Keep supporting local businesses
  • Keep looking out for each other

For the latest coronavirus (COVID-19) information from the government, including frequently asked questions about what we can and can’t do, go to gov.uk/coronavirus