9:26 a.m., August 8, 2020.
(Updated August 8, 2020 at 12:08 p.m.)
Young people in Preston have been warned "don't kill grandma" by city council as local lockdown measures were enforced after a surge in coronavirus cases.
City households in Lancashire are now banned from mixing indoors or in gardens, with local leaders accusing people of mixing in pubs and other homes Restrictions need to be reintroduced.
Adrian Phillips, executive director of Preston City Council, said "young people are invariably the brave and brave," but claimed they spread COVID-19 in the community in "many cases".
"I know our public health director told young people not to kill Grandma to try to get the message across," he told Radio 4's Today program.
"Young people are inevitably among the brave and brave, they want to be adventurous and on the go, but we know they have it virus… They often have fewer symptoms, but they bring it back into their home and into the community that we see. We believe that in many cases young people take it home and become infected with the virus. "
Mr Phillips supported a call from the Local Government Association (LGA) that councils should have more power to close pubs in order to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
Current guidelines state that licensed premises should take customer data into account and ensure that infection control measures are in place, but they are still voluntary.
The LGA would like these guidelines to be made mandatory immediately and is demanding that local authorities be given greater powers to enforce these guidelines.
A temporary COVID-19 target is to be added to the licensing law that will allow councils to close down premises that do not collect contact tracing data or enforce social distancing, or even revoke their licenses.
"You need responsiveness," said Phillips.
"It is useful to have something that can move quickly and we can make it perfectly clear to the licensee or the operator what the consequences are."
The new restrictions in Preston, introduced from midnight, are:
- You cannot have others in your homes and gardens
- You cannot visit other people's homes or gardens even if they are in an unaffected area
- You are not allowed to mix with other households indoors
Social bubbles are exempt from the restrictions.
Residents can meet in groups of up to six or more than six people, if they come from two households only, in outdoor areas such as parks and beer gardens.
Households can also visit indoor hospitality locations as long as they don't mingle with others.
Sixty-one new coronavirus cases were reported in Preston in the seven days leading up to August 4, representing 42.6 cases per 100,000 people – up from 21.7 per 100,000 in the last seven days.
Lancashire Public Health Director Sakthi Karunanithi said nearly half of the reported cases were in people aged 30 and younger.
Mr Karunanithi said the "two main reasons" for the rise in infections are people meeting others in their homes and households and in places like pubs.
He added, "These two are important behaviors that we want to protect humans from. Do not meet with members of other households in pubs and clubs."
The new restrictions in Preston come a week after the same measures were put in place for Preston residents Greater Manchester, Parts of East Lancashire and West Yorkshire and Leicester.
The rules for these areas will remain in effect for at least another week.
Bedford and Swindon have also been added to the government's "watch list" for locations where cases arise.
Now from today Face covering is now mandatory across England in indoor places of worship, museums and galleries, public areas in hotels and hostels, bingo halls, libraries, cinemas, concert halls, crematoriums, aquariums and indoor zoos.
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