Covid safety still matters

4:27pm - 27 May 2021
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Covid case rates are low, but North Somerset residents are still encouraged to be careful – especially if they have travel plans this bank holiday.

Health leaders at North Somerset Council echoed their advice in the run-up to the May school holiday, which is forecast to see sunshine and warm weather.

As the country continues to move out of lockdown the holiday week may be the first chance for many to travel and meet up with friends and family.

North Somerset Council’s executive member for health, Cllr Mike Bell, said: “Now we can see friends and family and more businesses are open, it is tempting to think that our lives can go back to normal. After the long Covid challenges and restrictions this is completely understandable.

“But we all need to carry on with what we know works to reduce the risk of future outbreaks in North Somerset. That means getting the basics right like washing our hands regularly, cover our faces wearing face coverings if we can, and crucially keeping our distance as much as possible from those we do not live with.

“Getting outside in the fresh air is also a good way to reduce the risk of the virus spreading. With the weather forecast looking good for the bank holiday, hopefully, we will all be able to enjoy our coast and countryside and protect our health at the same time."

Current Covid restrictions allow for travel inside England and to some countries internationally.

Director of Public Health, Matt Lenny, said: “If you are planning to go away, be extra careful to follow the basic advice. Nobody wants to bring back home anything more than happy memories.

“If you’ve been vaccinated it reduces your risk of getting seriously ill if you do catch the virus, but you can still pass it on, and you have no way to know how well protected others are.

“So please, keep looking after yourselves and each other.”

To help keep North Somerset safe visitors and residents can access North Somerset Council’s testing for those without symptoms. The service’s mobile unit will visit Weston-super-Mare seafront on Saturday and Sunday at the start and end of the holiday week from 10am-4pm. Other testing for those without symptoms is also available in community locations like pharmacies and pick up points across North Somerset.

For more information about testing visit www.n-somerset.gov.uk/rapidtesting.

Anyone who has symptoms of coronavirus should isolate immediately and book a symptomatic test at www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or by calling 119. This type of test is available in North Somerset at sites in Weston-super-Mare, Clevedon and at Bristol Airport.