Latest figures for both Dorset and Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch (BCP) Councils show that the reported cases in Dorset have almost doubled where cases in the BCP area have more than doubled within the last 7 days. Hospital cases are also rising again with figures now x4 those recorded on 25th June this year when they started to rise. Cases are rising sharply in both areas and so it is important that you continue to test regularly, use face coverings in busy areas where it is hard to keep any distance, wash your hands/use sanitiser frequently and keep the Government APP installed on your phone. It is also important that you ensure you have had at least your first vaccination and that your booked in for your second. If you have not had your vaccination yet then please visit https://www.dorsetccg.nhs.uk/vaccinations/booking/
As England has moved into Step 4 and most legal restrictions have been lifted, everybody needs to continue to act carefully and remain cautious to help protect not only themselves but those around them.
The requirement to wear face coverings in law has been lifted. However, it is recommended that people wear face coverings in crowded areas including public transport. We still have FREE masks should anyone need them. To request yours, just go to the Products for Carers page on our website and complete the form to request one.
Where possible, you should limit the close contact you have with those you do not usually live with and increase close contact gradually.
Fresh air helps to stop the spread of COVID-19. Where there is more fresh air to breathe, it is less likely that a person will inhale infection particles. Therefore, it’s important that if you are meeting others that you meet outside where you can. If you are meeting indoors, make sure to keep windows and doors open to keep places ventilated.