24th Nov, 2020

Solihull "at risk of significant further restrictions" after latest rise in Covid-19 cases

SOLIHULL’S council leader has described the latest big rise in positive Covid-19 cases as “very worrying” with the borough “really at risk of significant further restrictions”.

The rate in Solihull was 114 cases per 100,000 as reported in the week of September 28 to October 4 – the average across England was 62.

Coun Ian Courts, Leader of Solihull Council said: “It’s absolutely essential we keep observing social distancing, avoid mixing with other households in private homes and gardens and wear face coverings when we’re out and about.

“I am afraid that it can be human nature to drop one’s guard on a work-break with colleagues, or indoors with other people, giving the virus the opportunity to spread. But we must constantly be on our guard. Many people may only have mild symptoms – but for some, particularly older people, or those with certain health conditions, this is a dangerous disease.

“I understand there is a feeling that the restrictions and rules are confusing and contradictory.  If you have any doubts visit the Council’s website or go to GOV.UK for the definitive answers.

“But one rule is simple – and it is the most important one – it is space, face and hands- that has to be our mantra. We are really at risk of significant further restrictions in this situation. We all must act on this, personal behaviour counts.”

He said the council continues to work with local businesses and retailers to ensure they are operating in a Covid-19 secure manner. Earlier this week a series of new videos were launched showcasing the physical changes in high street locations, the next phase of the Support Local campaign.

But he said there was “better news” for some workers who face not being paid if they have been told by the NHS to self-isolate on or after Monday September 28 2020  – either because they have tested positive for Covid-19, or they have been in contact with someone who has tested positive. Those eligible will receive a one-off payment of £500 from the latest Government scheme during their self-isolation period.

Information about the scheme is on the Council’s Here2Help Money Advice page: https://www.solihull.gov.uk/Resident/socialservicesandhealth/Coronavirus/Here2Help/Moneyadvice

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