Blackpool to receive enhanced support to tackle Delta variant

Posted on Monday 14th June 2021

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It has been announced today that Blackpool is set to receive an Enhanced Support Package from the government aiming to suppress the spread of the Delta variant, and break chains of transmission.

Last week, other local authorities across Lancashire and Greater Manchester received the same support measures with additional areas announced today (14 June). 

Blackpool has extremely robust testing and vaccination programmes in place and welcome any government support in enhancing the measures we already have. 

Blackpool’s businesses remain open and operating to COVID-safe standards supported by public protection activity and COVID marshals on the streets. But we all must take extra precaution and follow the coronavirus guidance at all times.

What you should do to help protect your friends, family and community:

The new COVID-19 variant spreads more easily from person to person, so we all need to do everything we can to control the spread of the virus. We urge people to plan ahead, take a cautious and sensible approach to social contact and follow the current guidance. 

You should:

  • Take particular caution when meeting anyone outside your household or support bubble
  • Meet outside rather than inside wherever possible
  • Maintain social distancing, keeping 2 metres apart from people that you don’t live with (unless you have formed a support bubble with them)
  • Wear a face covering where required
  • Wash your hands, wipe surfaces and keep windows open
  • Minimise travel in and out of affected areas where possible – there is no travel ban in place and people can continue with holiday plans
  • Continue to work from home if you can

Testing and vaccinations

Please ensure that you get vaccinated when you are invited (anyone 25+ is now eligible) and encourage others to do so as well. Anyone eligible for a vaccine in Blackpool can also book an appointment at Blackpool Victoria Hospital online. ​You need both doses of the vaccination to get the full protection from coronavirus.

Residents who have had their first dose of AstraZeneca 8 or more weeks ago can now drop-in for a walk-in appointment for a second dose this week. No appointment is necessary, just head to Moor Park Health and Leisure Centre, or Winter Gardens Blackpool.

Full details and timings can be found on the Healthier Lancashire and South Cumbria website.

1 in 3 people will have covid without symptoms – you could unwittingly be spreading the virus without realising, so making sure you’re doing those quick, rapid, symptom-free tests (later flow tests) regularly is very important.  Everyone of adult age and pupils at secondary school and colleges should be doing this twice weekly – you can do them from home or at one of the community symptom-free testing sites and you get results in 30 minutes. 

These rapid tests are free, kits can be ordered online, taken at / or collected from one of our community testing hubs or by calling 119. If your rapid test returns a positive result, you need to arrange a PCR (lab) test and self-isolate.

If you plan to travel to red or amber-listed countries, you need to arrange a testing or managed quarantine package.

You should self-isolate immediately if you have symptoms have a positive test result, or are a named contact for COVID-19. 

Visit the government website for full advice.

Posted on Monday 14th June 2021

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