Authorities in East Lancashire have implemented a special coronavirus prevention plan for Pendle in order to cease the spike in cases and prevent local lockdown.

Pendle residents are being urged to prevent the spread of COVID-19 with the introduction of a new prevention plan, following crisis talks held earlier today (July 16).

The four point plan will include liaisons between the council, Pendle businesses and community leaders to prevent the continued rise in COVID-19 cases.

It comes as new figures show that Pendle has the second highest infection rate in the country, behind Leicester.

Councillor Mohammed Iqbal, Leader of Pendle Council, said: "We have set up a task force with Lancashire County Council, the NHS and other partners to engage with people in our community and get across vital messages to reduce the spread of the virus.

“We are following a plan which will reach people across our community and our Environmental Health team is continuing to visit local businesses to make sure they are COVID-19 Secure.

"If you live with someone with symptoms, you must self-isolate for 14 days from the day their symptoms started, as it can take 14 days for symptoms to appear."

Pendle Council's four point plan states that anyone exhibiting symptoms will be asked to take up testing for the virus and that more messages will be sent out to the community encouraging residents to follow national guidelines on safety.

Businesses and shops will also be working with the council to ensure that they remain COVID-19 secure and that community leaders are able to help get across vital messages to the public.

County Councillor Shaun Turner, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing at Lancashire County Council, has made it clear that everyone should take precautions to stay safe.

He says this is a "early warning sign."

"It can feel like things are getting back to normal, but the risk is still there," said Mr Turner.

"Please come forward if you’re showing symptoms and get a test.

"By doing this, it helps you to know if you've got Covid and you can protect your families and friends. It also helps to reduce the spread in the community.

"People need to be clear that this affects all communities, so we all need to play our part and be responsible."

Staying safe advice is currently on Pendle Council’s website.

Residents are encouraged to stay home if they, are any of their household have coronavirus symptoms, to regularly wash their hands and to continue keeping a two metre distance from people not in their household.

Other measures include:

• Avoiding handshakes and embracing when meeting others.

• Wearing a face covering in enclosed spaces

• Avoiding or limiting a large extended family gathering inside.

Free tests for anyone with symptoms are being carried out this week at a mobile testing unit at the former fairground site on Carr Road, on the border of Nelson and Barrowford.

The unit is open daily from 10.30am – 3.30pm up to and including Sunday (July 19) and people who’ve booked an appointment can come on foot or by car.

Testing at the unit is open to people of any age who have symptoms including children aged five and under and babies.

People need to book a test rather than just turn up and appointments go live around 8.30pm the night before on the Government's coronavirus testing webpage.

They can also be booked in the morning for a test on the same day.

Anyone with symptoms must self-isolate for 7 days from the point their symptoms started.

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