Statement: Enhanced COVID-19 support

Posted on Monday 14th June 2021

Please see the following response from Blackpool Council’s Director of Public Health, Dr. Arif Rajpura, and the Leader of Blackpool Council, Cllr Lynn Williams.

Dr Arif Rajpura, Director of Public Health for Blackpool Council, said:

“We welcome any interventions by Government that are aimed at supporting our existing testing and vaccination programmes.

“As it stands, most of the offers of practical support are already being delivered on the ground as we have a robust and proactive programme of community testing and vaccination in place.

“Infection rates in Blackpool have been consistently below the North West average throughout the pandemic. However, in line with many other areas across England, Blackpool has recently experienced an uptick in cases mainly related to outbreaks in a small number of community settings, particularly amongst our young adults who have not yet had their vaccinations. 

“This is to be expected as society opens up, and this is why we all need to continue to follow all the COVID guidelines including hands, face, space and fresh air. The important point is that this is not currently translating into increases in the number of people who are seriously ill or hospitalised.  

“What I would urge is that when offered a vaccination people should readily accept it as that is the best way of restoring normal life.”

Cllr Lynn Williams, Leader of Blackpool Council, added:

“Blackpool is open for business and there is no need for people to cancel their travel plans. This is not a travel ban, it is simply about asking people to be vigilant and take extra care in going about their daily lives.

“Our tourism industry is operating to COVID-safe standards, supported by enforcement activity and COVID marshals on the streets. We have mechanisms in place for people to be able to report potential breaches of compliance and we will act on those as appropriate to protect residents and visitors alike.

“To ensure they have a safe and enjoyable experience, people should plan ahead, take a cautious and sensible approach to social contact with others and follow all rules around social distancing and wearing face coverings where required.”

Posted on Monday 14th June 2021

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