Things are changing but the virus hasn't gone away
The Covid-19 national health emergency has been one of the most testing times in all of our lives as we’ve had to stay at home, distance ourselves from friends and family and change our routines and habits.
We are, of course, seeing that parts of our communities are now beginning the gradual transition towards a sense of normality, which is encouraging.
Since the start of the month, around 80 per cent of our schools have begun welcoming more pupils back, while non-essential shops have, this week, started to open their doors once again. There will be a balance between keeping yourself safe and supporting your local shops and your local community, wherever possible.
Cllr James Jamieson shopping in Ampthill this week
You may have seen that Whipsnade Zoo and Woburn Safari Park, which are key parts of Central Bedfordshire’s tourism industry, are also open to visitors and, soon, pubs and restaurants could open in some form.
I know there is excitement at the return this week of elite level football, though television pictures of empty Premier League stadia, coupled with things like the increasing use of face coverings – which are already mandatory on public transport – are stark reminders that the virus has not gone away.
Continue to follow the guidelines
It’s really important to remember that you still need to be really careful.
While some things are changing, all the same health and hygiene advice that you’ve adopted applies every bit as much as it did when the emergency first began.
Please do continue to wash your hands regularly, maintain the same two-metre social distancing and stay at home as much as possible.
And if you do display symptoms – a high temperature, a new persistent cough, or the loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – then ensure you, anyone you live with, and anyone in your support bubble, self-isolate for 14 days, and get tested.
Certainly, the NHS Test and Trace Service measures will become a way of life for everybody, going forward. So, it’s really important that, if you are contacted and asked to stay at home that you do so. This will be either because you’ve tested positive or have recently been in close contact with someone that has.
So, as much as things seem to be changing for the better, we should be mindful not to expect an immediate return to the way life was before the health emergency.
But following the right advice means we can all help to keep this virus under control.
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