Council plea to follow social distancing guidelines as coronavirus rates go up



Drinkers are being urged to follow social distancing meausres in bars and pubs to stem the spread of coronavirus.

Cheshire East Council wants families to follow the new ‘rule of six’ when it comes in on Monday to get the borough’s coronavirus rates down.

The new rules, announced earlier today by Boris Johnson, mean only six people can meet inside or out – down from 30.

The borough announced 10 new coronavirus cases today (September 9) meaning there have been a total of 2,490 since the pandemic began.

The council warning also comes as neighbouring areas such as Merseyside, Greater Manchester and Lancashire have seen spikes in infection rates.

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Councillor Jill Rhodes, Cabinet member for public health and corporates services at Cheshire East Council, said: “While the infection rate in Cheshire East remains generally low, there has been a rise in infections across the region during the past few weeks and this is something we need to eradicate.

“We know many residents are enjoying being able to get back to socialising with friends following the relaxation in measures around pubs and restaurants, and to get back some sense of normality that the countrywide lockdown took away. However, we must all do the right thing for Cheshire East by remembering that we are still in the midst of a pandemic and we should not allow complacency to set in.  

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“Residents visiting restaurants and pubs are urged to abide by the social distancing measures that each establishment has in place, and to ensure they provide contact details as required so that the NHS track and trace system can be put into place should a rise in cases be pinpointed to one of the places they have visited.”





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