Our fantastic key workers in Somerset are leading a campaign to deliver a vital message for everyone – let’s all make the last week of lockdown count and keep coronavirus infection rates down.

Doctors, nurses, critical care teams, police, ambulance crews, firefighters and staff from Somerset County Council as well as Royal Navy personnel are taking part in a joint campaign by the Council and NHS in Somerset – and you can join in too.

The #MakeLockdownCountSomerset social media campaign aims to spread the message for us all to work together to make the lockdown count – and to keep counting… 1: Hands; 2: Face; 3: Space.

With cases rising in all areas across the county it’s vital we hang in there and keep following the guidelines to stay safe, keep our loved ones and communities safe, and keep pushing the infection rate down.

All you need to do to join the campaign is to send us or tweet us a selfie with the hashtag #MakeLockdownCountSomerset and if you can, add the 1,2,3 mantra – hands, face, space.

Somerset County Council’s Leader, Cllr David Fothergill said: “With only a few days left of national and with infection rates rising across the county it’s really important that we remember this vital message, hands, face and space to drive infection rates down.

“Let’s work together to make sure we keep ourselves, our loved ones, and our communities safe.”

“People in Somerset have been fantastic in following the guidelines and looking after their loved ones and wider community during the course of this pandemic,” said Trudi Grant, Director of Public Health at Somerset County Council.

“We know it’s a tough ask after so many months, but we’ve come so far – it’s vital that we hang in there and make this lockdown count.”

James Rimmer, Chief Executive, Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “We know thatfor many, this second lockdown period is harder in many ways than the first.

“Over the last nine months we have had to adapt to new ways of working, new ways of connecting and learning to living in a different way. The mantra, hands, face, space – something unheard of until this year – has never been so important as we all try to keep ourselves, our loved ones and each other as safe as possible.

“Let’s make this lockdown count. The NHS in Somerset appreciates your support.”

A single phone number is available for anyone in Somerset who needs Coronavirus-related support from their councils. The Somerset Coronavirus Support Helpline number, 0300 790 6275, is open seven days a week from 8am to 6pm, offering a range of support – from help accessing food or medicines, to emotional and financial support, and employment, skills and business advice.

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