With a hot weekend predicted, Somerset residents and visitors are being urged to follow the guidance to keep themselves, their family and friends and the county safe from coronavirus.
Temperatures are predicted to peak on Saturday and Sunday – and into early next week – reaching the low 30s. And that could risk people forgetting that coronavirus remains a threat.
Current guidance for England continues to limit social gatherings. You can meet in social gatherings of up to two households (including your support bubble) indoors and outdoors, while up to six people from different households can meet outdoors only.
Business and venues can host larger groups, provided they comply with the COVID-19 Secure Guidance. There’s more detailed guidance here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do#social-contact-and-events
People attending events need to keep themselves safe:
Top tips to keep you and your family safe:
- Keep your distance from people outside your household and try and stay two metres apart at all times (or one metre plus if this not possible).
- Continue to wash your hands well and regularly for at least 20 seconds, use hand sanitiser when outside your home and avoid touching your face.
- Avoid crowded spaces and plan ahead when you can to avoid travelling on public transport at peak times.
- Wearing a face covering is now compulsory on public transport and in other enclosed public spaces, such as shops.
- If you do go out socially, have fun but be sensible; show respect for others, follow the advice, and don’t do anything that puts you or other people at risk.
- If you do have symptoms – a new, continuous cough, high temperature, a loss or change in sense of smell and taste – you must self-isolate and arrange to have a test. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-and-tracing/get-a-test-to-check-if-you-have-coronavirus/
There’s still plenty of scope to enjoy a day trip or staycation, a meal out in a favourite eatery, a country walk, or cycle ride.
For help and advice on how Somerset is responding to the pandemic – and to see the latest Somerset Public Health coronavirus figures – please visit www.somerset.gov.uk/coronavirus.
Anyone who needs Coronavirus-related help and advice during the pandemic can phone a single helpline on 0300 790 6275.