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    New laws in place to support self-isolation

    The Government has announced that, from 28 September in England, there will be a new legal duty on all those who test positive for COVID-19 or are identified by NHS Test and Trace as a close contact, requiring them to self-isolate. 

    Self-isolation is critical in stopping the spread of coronavirus. It helps to ensure that those infected with the virus, and their close contacts, remain at home and stop virus transmitting to other people. Fines will be introduced for those breaking the self-isolation law and people can also get financial support if they are asked to self-isolate.

    Second coronavirus broadcast confirmed for Monday

    Following the recent government announcement on enhanced restrictions for Warrington and other parts of the country, a second live leadership broadcast will take place at 5pm on Monday 21 Septembervia Microsoft Teams.

    New coronavirus restrictions for Warrington

    Strict new measures in Warrington have been announced, in response to the sharp increase in the number of coronavirus cases in the borough.

    Council Leader, Chief Executive and Director of Public Health announce coronavirus leadership broadcast

    Residents will be able to tune in to a Warrington coronavirus leadership briefing with Council Leader, Cllr Russ Bowden, Chief Executive Professor Steven Broomhead, and Director of Public Health, Thara Raj on Thursday 17 September, at 5pm.

    Region's public health directors express concern over lack of testing capacity

    There has been a dramatic increase in the number of coronavirus cases across Cheshire and Merseyside. 

    Residents are now being urged not to visit other households

    In a bid to contain the transmission of coronavirus, and to help drive down the number of cases in the town, Warrington’s public health leaders are appealing to residents not to visit other households.

    There is clear evidence to show that households are the most likely setting for the virus to spread, so residents should avoid visiting other people at home, including visiting people in private gardens, unless you have formed a household support bubble.

    Residents urged to protect themselves and others as cases rise

    The latest coronavirus figures for Warrington show 120 new confirmed cases in the last seven days. This increase shows a sustained, upwards trend, with cases confirmed in pubs, hospitality settings, and schools.

    New rules restricting social gatherings to a maximum of six people will come into place in England from Monday 14 September.

    People are also being asked to reduce the spread of transmission by

    • washing your hands regularly and for 20 seconds
    • wearing a face covering in settings where social distancing may be difficult
    • keeping your distance from people you do not live with where possible

    Support for schools with confirmed cases of coronavirus

    We're working closely with schools in the borough to manage confirmed cases of coronavirus within education settings.

    Leadership statement – coronavirus testing

    The number of positive cases in Warrington have increased, and the latest figures reveal a sustained, upwards trend, with cases confirmed in pubs, hospitality settings, and schools.

    The council’s Chief Executive, Professor Steven Broomhead and Council Leader, Cllr Russ Bowden, have made a statement reagarding issues with testing availability locally.

    Please only get a test if you have coronavirus symptoms or have been asked to get tested. This will help make sure people who need a test can get one.

    If you have symptoms, get a test as soon as possible. You need to get the test done in the first five days of having symptoms.

    Residents urged to 'look out for one another' following increase in cases

    Warrington’s Public Health leaders are urging residents to think about the impact of coronavirus on other people, as well as the risk to themselves, as case numbers have risen again over the last seven days.

    Cases of the virus have increased to 29 over the latest, confirmed seven-day period. While the number of positive cases in the town has gone up and down, the latest figures reveal a gradual, but more sustained, upwards trend of cases.

    Warrington schools re-open

    From September, Warrington schools will welcome children and young people back to classrooms for the start of the new school year.

    Schools and colleges will be open for students across all year groups, with safety measures in place to help stop the spread of viruses, like coronavirus.

    Coronavirus cases down in Warrington

    Warrington’s Public Health leaders have expressed their thanks to residents for helping to reduce the number of coronavirus cases in the town.

    After reports last week showed that there had been a sudden spike in cases, the latest confirmed seven-day figures show a decrease to 13 new cases.

    Easing restrictions paused

    Following an announcement made on Friday 31 July, some measures to ease restrictions in England which were meant to come into play on 1 August, have been pushed back for at least a fortnight.

    This includes:

    • Indoor venues such as casinos and bowling alleys, which were due to reopen, will remain shut
    • Indoor theatres and concerts, which were initially planned to reopen with socially distanced audiences, won’t reopen yet
    • Some sporting events that were planning to pilot limited numbers of spectators will not go ahead
    • Wedding receptions with up to 30 guests can’t yet happen

    You will now have to wear a face covering in more places, including museums, galleries, cinemas and places of worship, alongside public transport and shops. Read the full list of where you need to wear a face covering on the gov.uk website.

    Feeling unwell? Get tested

    If you have any coronavirus symptoms (new, persistent cough, high temperature, loss of normal taste/ smell) or just generally don’t feel well, it’s so important to book a test.

    Shielding restrictions lifted

    People in Warrington who are classed as 'clinically extremely vulnerable' no longer need to shield. It's still so important to be extra cautious if you're planning on heading out and about. People who were shielding from the virus are at increased risk of becoming very unwell if they catch coronavirus.

    Restrictions in Greater Manchester and parts of Lancashire and Yorkshire

    There are currently additional restrictions across the whole of Greater Manchester, parts of East Lancashire and West Yorkshire. 

    Although these restrictions don’t apply to Warrington, it is a warning to remain extra cautious when planning to go outside, given that there are areas of Greater Manchester that share a border with Warrington, such as Trafford, Salford and Wigan - where people may have friends and family.