These are the rules people in Preston are being asked to follow after spike in cases

Lancashire’s director of public health, Dr. Sakthi Karunanithi has warned that Preston faces similar mandatory restrictions to those imposed in East Lancashire if the rate of cases does not improve in the city.

Tuesday, 4th August 2020, 10:11 am
Updated Tuesday, 4th August 2020, 10:22 am

The increase in cases has resulted in Preston entering the top ten areas of the country with the highest weekly case rates of coronavirus.

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Dr. Karunanithi also called on the city's residents to follow the same rules that are currently mandatory in East Lancashire.

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These are the current rules in force in the East of the county, that could become mandatory in Preston if the rate of infection does not improve:

You should not:

***meet people you do not live with inside a private home or garden, except where you have formed a support bubble (or for other limited exemptions to be specified in law)

***visit someone else’s home or garden even if they live outside of the affected areas

***socialise with people you do not live with in other indoor public venues – such as pubs, restaurants, cafes, shops, places of worship, community centres, leisure and entertainment venues, or visitor attractions. You may attend these venues with people you live with (or are in a support bubble with), but should avoid interaction with individuals or groups from other households. If you run such a business or organise events on their premises, you should take steps to ensure people do not interact with people they do not live with, in line with COVID-19 secure guidance

***visit friends or family in care homes, other than in exceptional circumstances. Care homes should restrict visits to these circumstances.

Where people from single adult households (people who live alone or single parents with dependent children aged under 18) have formed a support bubble with another household, they can continue to visit each other, stay overnight, and visit other public places as if they were one household.In line with the national guidance, you can continue to meet in public outdoor spaces in groups of no more than 6 people, unless the group includes only people from 2 households. You cannot meet people you do not live with within a private garden.

At all times, you should socially distance from people you do not live with – unless they are in your support bubble.

Full guidance on the restrictions in place in parts of Lancashire can be found on the Government website