The Government has escalated Northampton from an ‘area of concern’ to an ‘area of intervention’ over its Covid-19 infection rates.
The town has been added to a to the Government’s watchlist after the borough’s infection rate has risen for the fourth week in a row.
It comes after sandwich-packaging factory Greencore UK on Moulton Park last week (August 13) reported an outbreak of nearly 300 cases amongst workers. At the time, borough council leader Jonathan Nunn called the outbreak “a disaster” for Northampton’s infection figures.
In a statement issued today, director of public health for Northamptonshire Lucy Wightman said: “Northampton borough has been experiencing a high number of cases over the last 4 weeks and from today will be added to the government’s watchlist as an ‘Area of Intervention’.”
Advice for residents in Northampton, Kettering, Corby and Wellingborough is currently:
■ Limit contact with others outside of your household or bubble
■ Work from home if you can
■ Keep 2 metres from others at all times, use a face covering where you are less than 2 metres apart
■ Avoid using public transport or car sharing, wear face coverings if you cannot avoid these
■ If you have COVID-19 symptoms, stay at home, self-isolate and get a test
■ Avoid meeting those outside of your household or bubble in an indoor space
■ Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly for 20 seconds each time
■ Do not share items with others outside of your household or bubble
■ If you have COVID-19 symptoms, do not go to work, either work from home or report sick, self-isolate and get a test
■ Even if you only have mild COVID-19 symptoms, get a test
■ If you are contacted by test and trace and asked to self-isolate, stay at home for 14 days
“This decision has been taken as part of the ongoing efforts to reduce the spread of the virus in the Borough. We will continue to support Greencore so that they are in a position to re-open as soon as is safe to do so.
“I want to thank local people in Northampton for the collective effort to date to help reduce the spread of the virus. We recognise this is tough for everyone but I would urge you all to keep going and to follow the guidance. This situation illustrates how fragile our position is, and that if we don’t keep continuing to work together to reduce the transmission of the virus, there is a very real possibility that further and stricter intervention measures and a possible local lockdown will follow.”