Keep keeping Surrey safe
Published: 25 August 2020
Getting back to doing the things we love safely
It's easy to feel excited that our independence and freedom has once again been returned. But the virus is still very much amongst us and still life threatening to some of our community members. So we need to continue to play our part so we can avoid local lockdowns.
There have already been some areas in Surrey that have seen a rise in cases, not on the same scale as other places in the UK which have had to lockdown, but still evidence that the virus is still very much amongst us. With guidelines constantly being reviewed we wanted to make sure you are up to speed with some of the most recent developments on the easing of lockdown. Here are the things you can now do to keep keeping Surrey safe…
1. Hands, Face, Space
- HANDS - Wash your hands regularly and for 20 seconds.
- FACE - Wear a face covering in indoor settings where social distancing may be difficult, and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet - see the Surrey Matters article on face coverings
- SPACE - Stay 2 metres apart from people you do not live with where possible, or 1 metre with extra precautions in place (such as wearing face coverings or increasing ventilation indoors).
- Anyone who has symptoms should self isolate and get tested. Read our article on How to get tested
- If you test positive – share your contacts with Test and Trace, stop the spread. More information on Test and Trace.
2. Meeting up in groups
From Monday 14 September, you will only be able to meet in a group of no more than six people that you don't live with in any outdoor or indoor spaces, including pubs and restaurants. Failure to comply could result in a fine of £100. More detailed information can be found at GOV.UK on meeting others safely.
3. What to do if returning from a holiday abroad?
With some of us able to get away this summer outside of the UK, and then quarantine laws changing, many have found that they needed to self isolate on return. If you are arriving back from a country that isn't exempt you need to self isolate for 14 days.
More detailed information can be found here on the GOV.UK website about entering and returning to the UK.
Let's avoid a spike in cases and a local lockdown
By continuing to all play our part and adhering to the safety guidelines, we can make sure we keep cases in Surrey from spiking and there will be no need to activate the Local Outbreak Control Plan see Surrey's Testing and Outbreak Plan web pages.
The number of cases in Surrey is updated weekly and can be found here with details about the number of COVID cases in your area and across Surrey
Let's all keep doing our part to protect our communities and keep keeping Surrey safe everyone.
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