North Lincolnshire urged to remain cautious ahead of Monday’s restrictions lifting

People will see some restrictions eased from Monday next week but with infections rates in North Lincolnshire remaining stubbornly high our communities are being asked to be cautious to help drive the rate down.

Steve Pintus, Director of Public Health for North and North East Lincolnshire, said “it has been over a year since the first lockdown and understandably people are weary and looking forward to restrictions being eased.

“Monday 29 March will see the next step in the easing of national restrictions. I know this will be welcome but with the infection rate locally among the highest in the country we need to continue to take care. People will be able to meet outdoors as long as they follow the rule of six or two households but you must maintain social distancing when you meet and continue with good hand hygiene.

“The stay at home rule will end but we still need to work from home if we can and limit any journeys as much as possible. Outdoor sports facilities will be allowed to open.

Steve Pintus, Director of Public Health for North Lincolnshire

“The vaccine roll out locally has been an amazing achievement with people aged over 50 now being invited to take the vaccine and the mass site at the Baths Hall now operational. But there is still a long way to go to get everybody vaccinated with two doses. We all need to continue to take care and protect ourselves, our families and our communities.”

North Lincolnshire has reached a rate of 164 people testing positive for every 100,000 residents, according to NHS figures, making it currently the worst in the country in some areas.

Case rate have shot up to just over 700 cases per 100,000 people across the Crowle and Keadby area of North Lincolnshire.

Nearly 60 cases were found there in the sparsely-populated area over the last seven days, up from just 17 the week prior.

Schools across North Lincolnshire have announced that students have tested positive for coronavirus in the last few days too, which could be to do with the rise in case numbers.

Outwood Academy Foxhills, Vale Academy and Henderson Avenue are amongst the latest schools where students have tested positive for coronavirus.

The government’s “stay at home” mantra will be replaced with a new message of “stay local”.

From Monday, March 29, you can meet outdoors with family and friends in groups of six or as two households.

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