The number of cases of Covid-19 have been rising in Hyndburn and also throughout Lancashire. To combat this rise in positive cases additional measures for our borough were put in place on Tuesday 22 September.
These enhanced measures are designed to keep us safe but will unfortunately mean further sacrifices for many people in Hyndburn. The scientific research has shown a significant amount of Covid-19 transmission is happening when people meet in private homes and gardens. Until further notice residents must not socialise with other people outside of their household or bubble in houses or gardens. The hospitality industry for food and drink are also restricted to table service only, plus leisure and entertainment venues are required to close between the hours of 10pm and 5am. For the full guidance, including FAQ’s you can visit www.hyndburnbc.gov.uk
It is essential that we all pull together and do everything we can to keep ourselves, our loved ones and our wider community safe. To assist with this, on Thursday 24 September the Government’s NHS Test and Trace APP is also launching. We are encouraging all who can to download this APP, it has been created to keep you safe and help us return to a ‘new normal’.
After Thursday 24 September businesses, places of worship or events where members of the public can visit are required to display posters with a QR code on. When you enter a business premises you are invited to scan this code. If a person you have been in close proximity to then tests positive for Covid-19 you will be alerted and instructed to self-isolate via NHS Test and Trace. This system will prevent further spread of coronavirus and save lives. More information can be found on www.gov.uk
In addition to this Government have announced support for those who need to isolate due to covid-19 infection or proximity to an infected person. This new package will protect employees by making self-isolation law from 28 September. £500 will be granted to people on a lower income, who cannot work from home and lose income due to isolation. The scheme will be in place by 12 October and anyone eligible who is asked to isolate after 28 September will receive backdated payments.
We understand the prospect of being asked to isolate may be concerning. We would like to reassure residents the Hyndburn Hub is open and available for anyone in urgent need. It is here to support those who have to isolate or maybe become unwell and cannot get supplies such as food or medicine.
Providing essential and urgent support, the Hyndburn Hub can be contacted 7-days a week. You can get in touch via: email@example.com visit Hyndburn Council’s website, or call: 01254 388 111
You can also contact Sara Britcliffe, MP directly with any questions or concerns via:
Constituency office: 14 Broadway, Accrington, BB5 1HZ
Telephone: 07933 725657
Westminster office: House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA
Telephone: 0270 219 3000
Twitter: @SarBritcliffeMP Facebook: fb.com/saraalicebritcliffe