RESIDENTS are being urged to help reduce the spread of the Omicron variant of Covid-19.
Face coverings are compulsory again in shops and other settings such as banks, post offices and hairdressers, as well as on public transport unless individuals are exempt from doing so.
All travellers arriving into the country are also required to self-isolate and take a PCR test on or before the second full day of their stay.
The temporary and precautionary measure has been put in place by the Government to prevent the spread of the new Covid Omicron variant in the UK.
However, with cases continuing to rise across the county and with Christmas fast approaching, Public Health Warwickshire is urging all residents to protect themselves and do their bit to minimise the spread of the virus.
Key to this is regular lateral flow testing, getting vaccinated, isolating, and getting a PCR test if you have symptoms. Officials also stress the importance of wearing a face covering when in shops or attending busy festive events – especially at indoor crowded places, or places with limited ventilation.
They are also reminding people to wash their hands regularly and keep a distance from people.
Those meeting up with family or friends at home should ensure windows are opened to help circulate fresh air.
WCC’s Public Health director, Dr Shade Agboola said: “The new rules come into force today and although the view on face coverings can be divided, it’s an essential step to help minimise the spread of the virus within our communities. Equally washing your hands regularly and keeping your distance from those you do not live with can make a difference.
“So please let’s continue to work together and wear a face covering where required to do so and in crowded places when out shopping or attending busy festive events.
“If you do have symptoms of Covid-19, regardless of how mild they may be, please self-isolate and book a PCR test.
“Finally, I would urge everyone to take the opportunity to ensure they have had their flu and COVID-19 vaccinations – with an expanded vaccination programme we are hoping to see many more people come forward to get protected. This is key to reducing the spread of the virus in Warwickshire communities.”
Visit www.happyhealthylives.uk for details on vaccination sites.
There are appointments also available for 12 to 15-year-olds at Northgate House in Warwick and at Bedworth Civic Hall. Click here for more details.
Home lateral flow test kits can be ordered online here or collected from local pharmacies with a collection code.