‘Stay home over bank holiday’ urge Cambridge councils
Councils are asking people to continue staying at home and keep to the government’s pandemic guidelines over the bank holiday weekend.
The government has appealed to the public to stay at home despite warmer weather over the Easter bank holiday and this has been echoed by the county and city councils.
Director of public health for Cambridgeshire County Council, Dr Liz Robin, said in a video message posted on social media today (Thursday, April 9): “As we move into the Easter bank holiday weekend there are some signs that our social distancing measures are working, both locally and nationally. But the numbers of confirmed coronavirus cases and deaths are still rising, and we don’t yet know when the peak of the epidemic will be.
“This means it’s absolutely essential that we continue to follow the national stay at home rules over the bank holiday weekend and beyond.”
Cambridge City Council also released a statement urging people to “continue behaving responsibly and ensure social distancing in parks and open spaces” over the bank holiday.
Cllr Katie Thornburrow, executive councillor for planning policy and open spaces, said: “We know how much people value our parks and open spaces as places to get fresh air, exercise and to simply enjoy being outside.
“This has never been more important than now because we find ourselves in the most challenging of times, during which we need to look after our physical and mental wellbeing.
“Our open spaces are particularly important for people who have no garden or outside space of their own. We really do want to keep our open spaces available but we need everyone to do their bit when it comes to social distancing.
“The advice from government is very clear and we must all follow it to make sure we can keep our open spaces available for all. I encourage everyone to be responsible and stay at least two metres apart while they are enjoying the fresh air and exercise.”
The city council is reminding people to “only go outside for food, health reasons or work, but only if you cannot work from home”.
It said anyone going out to exercise for health reasons in one of Cambridge’s open spaces should:
- Enjoy exercising on their own or with members of their household only
- Keep dogs on leads at all times to ensure you can safely keep two metres away from others
- Use open spaces near to home so they do not have to travel to those further afield. Most car parks at open spaces are now closed
- Consider going at less busy times like early in the morning or in the evening
- Distance themselves at least two metres from others at all times
- Avoid an area if it looks very busy and go elsewhere
The council is also urging people to follow the government advice on going out:
- If you go out, stay two metres (6ft) away from other people at all time.
- Wash your hands as soon as you get home.
- Do not meet others, even friends or family. You can spread the virus even if you don’t have symptoms.
More information can be found on the government’s website.