North East Lincolnshire Council push for public to continue wearing face masks

Concern over local Covid awareness

North East Lincolnshire Council push for public to continue wearing face masks

As restrictions are set to be eased on Monday 19 July, North East Lincolnshire Council are urging people to continue wearing face masks on public transport and in public spaces.

The area is now second highest in the country when it comes to infection rates, with 930 in every 100,000 people having the virus.

Geoff Barnes, Deputy Director for Public Health at North East Lincolnshire Council, said: “In our area we have the highest covid rate we’ve ever had. We need to remain extremely cautious going forwards. We need to get our numbers down and get things under control pretty quickly.”

“In our area we don’t want to see people stop wearing face coverings in public spaces. I would strongly encourage people to go on wearing masks. It’s part of your public responsibility to protect others and I want people to carry on wearing them in our area.

“It is going to be difficult to resist the temptation to throw off all of the rules from 19th July and go back to how things used to be, but the reality is that the virus is still here, hospital cases are now rising and we need to keep doing those very small things that actually require very little effort but can save someone from falling very ill, ending up in hospital or worse.”

North East Lincolnshire Council has said that services will fluctuate in the coming weeks, due to the high infection rates a growing number of people are required to self-isolate.

The council are also encouraging the public to receive both their vaccinations to keep pressure off the NHS.

There are currently nine people being treated at Diana Princess of Wales hospital in Grimsby.

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