24th Sep, 2020

Redditch is still open for business despite coronavirus spike, says MP

Ross Crawford 31st Aug, 2020

REDDITCH is still open for business – despite the recent spike in coronavirus infections in the town.

That’s the message from local MP Rachel Maclean who is anxious to encourage people to continue supporting local businesses.

“I completely understand that this increase in cases caused alarm and worry locally,” said Mrs Maclean.

“However, I hope the community is now reassured that the situation has been contained and that we’re not heading for any sort of local lockdown.”

The MP held talks with public health officials from Worcestershire earlier this week after 25 Covid-19 cases were confirmed in the last seven days in the town.

However the health experts confirmed that the situation has been contained and everyone who tested positive was self-isolating.

A total of 16 of the new cases were linked to five households who had all gathered at a family gathering.

Each family has been contacted by NHS Test and Trace to gather further information.

As a result Test and Trace is contacting anyone who these families may have come into contact with and will be asking them to isolate too.

Public Health officials do not believe there is a link to any known wider outbreaks in the town and that the cases are not linked to a workplace or community venue.

“Redditch is still open for business,” said Mrs Maclean.

“I hope residents will continue supporting our town’s small and independent businesses as they have been doing since they were allowed to re-open, especially this Bank Holiday weekend. Let’s enjoy it safely by following the social distancing rules.

“As long as we all continue to wash our hands regularly, wear a face covering in enclosed spaces and stay at least a metre away from people not in your household, then we can keep this virus under control and enjoy some more normality in our lives.”

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