“We’re not out of the woods” – PCC urges Covid-19 prevention ahead of long weekend

Surrey Police and Crime Commissioner David Munro has asked residents and visitors to help prevent the spread of Covid-19 during the last long weekend before December.

The bank holiday will offer an extra opportunity to socialise, ahead of the opening of schools in September and the return of more individuals to the workplace.

Surrey County Council reiterated the importance of preventative measures after a small rise in cases were recorded in some areas of Surrey earlier this month. The UK has continued to see a rise in recorded daily cases across the UK in August compared to July.

Current guidance urges against gatherings of more than six people outside, or between more than two households indoors. Social distancing of at least one metre applies in all settings, accompanied by the use of face coverings in shops and enclosed spaces, and on public transport.

In the week to 21 August, there were 95 new cases of Covid-19 reported across Surrey, whilst the infection rate in the county remains low compared with the rest of the UK.

PCC David Munro said: “We’re not out of the woods yet. Like many Surrey residents, I’m pleased to enjoy greater freedoms as we head towards a new normal. But we mustn’t lose sight of the impact this disease has had on our communities and loved ones, and the potential for a new rise in cases if we are not careful.

“Surrey has a lot to offer and it is likely that there will be a greater number of people on the roads but also temped to meet with more people indoors as the season changes.

“I want to thank every person in Surrey for the measures they are taking to keep us all safe. We must continue to social distance, avoid gatherings and wear face masks where required.”

The PCC has previously spoken out as large numbers of visitors to the Frensham Ponds and other beauty spots in Surrey highlighted concerns over social distancing during the warm weather.

Anti-social parking, including blocking access, has been highlighted in residents’ concerns across the county in recent weeks, and could result in a warning, fine or other penalty.

Individuals are asked to consider whether their plans for this weekend are likely to bring them into contact with a large number of people, including those who may be vulnerable, and to follow the latest government advice to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

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