Keep Croydon safe as we prepare to live with Covid-19 – Newsroom

Residents are being urged to keep themselves and others safe and well by continuing to follow essential public health guidance with the lifting of all Covid-19 restrictions by the government today.

People in the borough are encouraged to take personal responsibility and take action to manage the risk of Covid-19 infections in our communities.

Vaccinations remain the best defence against catching and spreading the virus. Vaccination centres are open in the borough. Vaccines are safe and effective and anyone who has questions can speak to their GP or a health professional.

Everyone must continue to play their part to keep levels of infection down. There are easy and effective steps you can take to protect yourself and others around you.

  • Get vaccinated and get your booster
  • Remember the importance of frequent hand washing – 20 seconds with soap and water, and respiratory hygiene – ‘Catch it, bin it, kill it’
  • Continue to let fresh air in
  • Consider wearing a face covering in crowded and enclosed spaces
  • Get tested if you have Covid-19 symptoms, and stay at home if the result is positive

We are extremely grateful for the hard work and dedication of everyone who united to support each other during the pandemic and who continue to keep Croydon safe. This includes our residents, council colleagues, our local NHS, frontline workers across many services, schools and the voluntary and faith sectors.

Our Keep Croydon Safe champions are still out in Croydon supporting people with information about testing for Covid-19. Over time, they will be reinforcing the public health guidance that will help us to live safely with Covid-19.

The new government measures remove the remaining legal domestic restrictions. You will not be legally required to self-isolate if you test positive for Covid-19. Stay at home if you can and avoid contact with other people.

You will not have to take daily tests or be legally required to self-isolate following contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19.

The government’s Covid Test and Trace Support Payment Scheme has also ended. Croydon residents who need financial and welfare support can contact the council for advice on a range of services.

Anyone who feels concerned about these changes can get advice on the NHS website on how to cope with anxiety about lockdown lifting.

Rachel Flowers, Croydon’s director of public health, said: “As we prepare to live with Covid-19, let’s continue to play our part to stop the virus spreading and protect those around us, particularly those most vulnerable. Many will welcome being able to get out more in the fresh air which positively benefits our mental health and overall wellbeing.

“We now must continue to look after each other as we enter this next phase of the government’s plan. I know it’s been over two long years, however let’s not ease off too quickly. I advise everyone to keep following the public health guidance as it is essential to keep down the level of infections. We will all have to live with Covid-19 for the foreseeable future, so it is really important that we manage the risk to ourselves and others.”

 

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