Posted by Councillor Marion Fitzgerald on Monday 11th January, 2021 at 2.51 pm
Numbers remain high for Cumbria, with Allerdale seeing a rise in cases. The rate in Allerdale is above the regional average.
The number of people admitted to hospitals under the management of North Cumbria Integrated Care has doubled within a week. It has been announced that outpatient appointments are suspended unless urgent.
Having moved into Tier 4 only recently, we now find ourselves in the national lockdown along with the rest of the country. What does this mean? The government guidance is summarised below:
You should stay at home. The single most important action we can all take is to stay at home to protect the NHS and save lives.
This guidance should be followed immediately. The law will be updated to reflect the new rules.
You should not leave, or be outside of your home except where necessary. You may leave the home to:
• shop for basic necessities, for yourself or for a vulnerable person
• go to work, or provide voluntary or charitable services, if you cannot reasonably do so from home
• exercise with your household (or support bubble) or one other person; this should be limited to once per day and you should not travel outside your local area.
• meet your support bubble or childcare bubble where necessary, but only if you are legally permitted to form one
• seek medical assistance or avoid injury, illness or risk of harm (including domestic abuse)
• attend education or childcare - for those eligible
Colleges, primary and secondary schools will remain open only for vulnerable children and the children of critical workers. All other children will learn remotely until February half term. Early Years settings remain open.
Higher Education provision will remain online until mid-February for all except future critical worker courses.
If you do leave home for a permitted reason, you should always stay local in the village, town, or part of the city where you live. You may leave your local area for a legally permitted reason, such as for work.
If you are clinically extremely vulnerable you should only go out for medical appointments, exercise, or if it is essential. You should not attend work.
You should not leave your home to meet socially with anyone you do not live with or are not in a support bubble with (if you are legally permitted to form one).
You may exercise on your own, with one other person, or with your household or support bubble.
You should not meet other people you do not live with, or have formed a support bubble with, unless for a permitted reason.
Stay 2 metres apart from anyone not in your household.