Bank holiday caution urged

2:43pm - 30 April 2021

With coronavirus restrictions in place until at least June, North Somerset residents are urged to keep safe over the bank holiday weekend.

Washing hands, wearing face coverings and staying at least 2m away from members of other households are still the most important things anyone can do to protect themselves from coronavirus.

Staying out in the fresh air is also essential in reducing the risk of future outbreaks, as well as taking up the offer of a Covid-19 vaccination.

Infection rates in North Somerset have fallen sharply as a result of lockdown, but numbers have been edging up over the last two weeks.

North Somerset Council’s executive member for health, Cllr Mike Bell, said: “With restrictions lifting it can be easy to let our guard down and forget the basic safety steps we’ve all been taking this last year to reduce our risk of catching Covid.

“Lower infection rates can also give as a sense of safety. But this is still a dangerous disease and we’ve seen how quickly things can take a turn for the worst if we aren’t careful.

“We’ve all enjoyed reconnecting with our friends and family over the last few weeks and it could be really tempting to skip ahead and mix with more people than we should, or go inside if forecast rain reaches us on Monday.

“But this could lead to rising rates and the government choosing to delay its roadmap.

"I also urge all visitors and residents to make good decisions when out and about. Please dispose of litter responsibly, park with care and if an area is too busy, consider going elsewhere."

Director of public health, Matt Lenny, said: “We’ve reached step two out of the lockdown, but there are still restrictions in place and it’s really important we all keep following the rules.

“Taking things slowing, one small step at a time, will let us keep moving forward. Remember the basics and stay safe this bank holiday.”

Up to six people from different households or members of two households can meet outside under the current Covid restrictions. Outdoor hospitality can open, as well as most outdoor attractions.