New local social distancing restrictions introduced in Barrow-in-Furness

New restrictions have been announced in the Barrow-In-Furness borough council area of Cumbria to try to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Some are already in place, others come into affect tomorrow (Monday 21st September 2020)

This follows an increase in infections in that part of Cumbria, where the infection rate is now double the national average. It is nothing like as serious as earlier this year - yet - but we want to try to stop the infection taking off again so we don't get any repeat of the situation where COVID-19 was killing a thousand people a day.

Measures are being introduced to try and avoid local lockdown rules, as seen elsewhere in the country.

There is already a legal limit of 6 on the number of people that can meet in groups indoors or outdoors. 

In addition, in the Barrow Borough Council area people are now being strongly advised that groups of 6 should be limited to people from no more than 2 households at any one time.

The move is to try and reduce social contact and reduce the risk of infection spreading. It is also thought the measures would improve the effectiveness of local track and trace efforts.

Public Health officials say that similar measures could be implemented in other parts of the county if the rate of infection continues to increase in these areas.

Additional measures are being introduced or already in place in Barrow-in-Furness affecting hospitals, care homes and schools:

  • Visitor restrictions at Furness General Hospital (already in place)

  • Visitor restrictions in care homes (from Monday 21st) to minimise risk to vulnerable adults and people living with physical and/ or learning disabilities

  • Restrictions on all non-essential visitors to schools (from Monday 21st)


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