‘Thanks for thinking of others’ – praise for public for continuing to take COVID precautions

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Health chiefs in Suffolk have thanked the public for continuing to wear masks and observing COVID precautions since the lifting of restrictions.

The Government removed the remaining coronavirus rules on Monday July 19 under step four of its roadmap out of lockdown.

The easing meant people are no longer required to wear facemasks in public places such as shops, although they are recommended for crowded areas such as public transport.

Venues such as nightclubs can re-open and employers can begin to phase in a return to the workplace for staff working from home.

However, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has urged people to use common sense and personal judgement by considering the risks to themselves and others.

Stuart Keeble, Director of Public Health for Suffolk, said feedback seemed to suggest that many people had taken this advice to heart.

“Of course, some people have stopped wearing masks, that is their right and their choice as there is now no longer any legal obligation to do so,” he said.

“However I am encouraged when hearing of examples of many other people continuing to wear masks in public.

“It shows they recognise that this pandemic is far from over, the virus is still very much out there, and they take their sense of responsibility to others seriously by doing what they can to prevent its spread. I thank everyone who is doing so and urge others to follow that example.”

Mr Keeble also thanked employers whose staff were wearing masks, particularly when engaging with the public in venues such as pubs, shops, or doctors’ surgeries, and asked people to be supportive even if they were not wearing a mask themselves.

“Employers have a duty of care to their staff and the people they come into contact with within the workplace,” he said.

“Please remember that they are wearing a mask chiefly not to protect themselves but to prevent potentially passing on the virus to you or to someone you love.”

Mr Keeble said anyone showing symptoms of COVID should isolate straight away and take a PCR test. Find the latest coronavirus information and advice here.