Plymouth’s health boss urges people to continue wearing masks as Covid cases remain high
Figures released on Friday (24/9) show that Plymouth’s case rate still sits above the national average at 288.0 per 100,000 compared to England’s average of 285.2
Plymouth people are being asked to continue to wear masks in public places because “Covid hasn’t gone away in the city”.
Despite the lifting of government-imposed Covid-19 restrictions, the city’s health and business leaders have united in calling on the public to continue to take the precautions.
Figures released on Friday show that Plymouth’s case rate still sits above the national average at 288.0 per 100,000 compared to England’s average of 285.2.
They have united in a joint plea to the public to help protect “businesses and jobs this winter” by continuing to use face coverings on public transport, in shops, theatres and cinemas.
They warn the number of positive cases in Plymouth is still higher than the national average and that there are more Covid-19-related hospital admissions among younger adults than in the rest of the UK. And they fear “devastating consequences” if the virus isn’t under control by winter with more people hospitalised or suffering from long-Covid.
They add: “For the business community there could also be serious consequences. We do not want to see mandatory measures being brought back. If they are, we could see local businesses close and local people lose their jobs.”
The letter has been signed by the leaders of Plymouth City Council, HM Naval Base, Babcock, the Theatre Royal, Princess Yachts, Marjon University, the Plymouth College of Arts and Plymouth Social Enterprise Network, Plymouth Octopus. It says anyone visiting any of their buildings will be asked to wear a mask.
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