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Shop safely call from council bosses

Thursday, 26 November 2020

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Sandwell Council today called for people to shop safely and respect COVID-19 rules. This comes in the second week of England’s latest lockdown with Sandwell’s coronavirus rates spiralling upwards.

Deputy Council Leader Councillor Maria Crompton said: “We want everyone to be careful and follow the rules to protect our amazing key workers in supermarkets who have been keeping us all supplied throughout the pandemic. “Sandwell’s supermarkets see thousands of people come through their doors each day, so there is always potential for COVID-19 to pass from one person to another. “When visiting a supermarket, be sure to keep yourself safe.

Always wear a face covering and keep at least two metres distance from other people. “This not only protects your health, but also shows respect for the health of others. “Protect yourself, your loved ones and your community.

Thank you for helping to prevent the spread of COVID-19.” Director of Public Health Dr Lisa McNally said that supermarkets, more than anywhere else, are where people are mingling in large groups – and therefore a potential community infection risk.

Dr McNally said: “We are asking shoppers to take real care in supermarkets – if we are observing the restrictions as we should be that is probably where we are most likely to be with a lot of other people and therefore most at risk.

“During the pandemic we have seen five separate supermarket outbreaks in Sandwell even though the companies have been careful to follow COVID-19 guidance. “They have done a lot of work make their stores as safe as possible, introducing a range of measures to reduce the risk of infection, including maintaining ‘one way’ systems and the use of barriers or screens. “But hard as we all try, the risk can’t be eliminated and in Sandwell cases continue to rise - we’re heading for 1500 cases a week now, which is frankly enormous and we have to change things.”

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