Working together to help prevent local lockdowns

With life returning to our high streets and lockdown restrictions easing, we’re encouraging everyone to help prevent the potential spread of Covid-19 in our communities.

Local councils can now take the decision to close individual premises, public outdoor spaces and prevent events from taking place if the risks of a significant outbreak increase. Your continued support significantly reduces the likelihood of these measures being introduced.

What are the new rules for local restrictions?

Luton was recently listed as an ‘area of intervention’ by Public Health England (PHE) after a spike in local coronavirus cases.

An area of intervention is the highest level on the PHE coronavirus watchlist. It’s described by PHE as an area where there is a difference between the local measures in place to control the spread of coronavirus and the national restrictions across England.

A detailed action plan will be in place and local resources will be boosted by national-level support.

Being classified an area of intervention does not necessarily mean that area enters a local lockdown.

However, there are a range of measures that might be introduced, such as closing certain venues and outdoor public areas.

As of 7 August, the number of positive cases has slowly reduced in Luton, meaning the town is no longer classed an area of intervention. This means indoor gyms, swimming po​ols and fitness studios that were closed, will now be allowed to open. 

We are closely monitoring the Covid-19 situation and will update you with any changes should they arise.

Let’s play our part to stop the spread of COVID-19 

It’s really important that we all follow the government guidance and make sure that we protect the health and safety of everyone in our communities.

We can help prevent the virus from spreading in many ways:

  • Washing hands, or using hand sanitiser, regularly and for at least 20 seconds
  • Wearing a face covering in shops and supermarkets, on public transport and when in other indoor spaces where keeping apart from others isn’t possible.
  • Getting a free test now if we have any Covid-19 symptoms
  • Staying at home if we test positive for the virus, or have been in contact with someone who has tested positive.

 You can read the guidance on local restrictions on the GOV.UK website and up-to-date information on our services remains available on our website.

Together we stay safe and protect our communities.