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Celebrate safely and give Covid the red card – Essex Public Health Director offers advice ahead of England’s next Euros match

Covid-19 / Fri 18th Jun 2021 at 07:58am

ESSEX’S Director for Public Health is reminding football fans to continue following Covid-19 guidance ahead of England’s next Euro 2020 match against Scotland on Friday. 

Across Essex, England supporters celebrated their team getting off to a winning start against Croatia last weekend. However, win or lose, fans are being reminded to continue following Covid-19 guidance, whether in a pub or at home with family or friends.

The Council is reminding everyone to take the necessary steps to stay safe, follow social distancing guidance and remember the limits on numbers who can safely gather indoors or outside. 

Cllr John Spence, Essex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Health, said: “It’s great that football fans can watch the game they love with friends and family. All we’re asking is that people stick to the rules for their own and others’ protection, particularly as the Delta variant is spreading so quickly and easily. 

“I would ask everyone in Essex watching the game this weekend not to let their guard down. The next four weeks are crucial, so remember hands, face, space and please get the vaccine when it’s offered to you.”

Dr Mike Gogarty, Essex County Council’s Director of Public Health, said: “It might be tempting to dismiss Covid-19 guidance, particularly if you’re spending time relaxing with friends and family while watching the game. 

“However, if you are planning on watching the football this weekend, please do so safely so we that can Keep Covid in Check. To use a football analogy, we are in extra time with a one-goal lead, and it is crucial that everyone takes responsibility for their actions to make sure we win the game.”

Earlier this week, the Prime Minister announced there would be up to a four-week delay to Step Four of the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown, which is now planned for Monday 19 July. Step four will see all legal limits on social contact removed.

The Government has committed to ensuring everyone over the age of 18 receives a first or second dose of the vaccine before 19 July. This has become even more vital given the prevalence of the highly transmissible Delta variant.

Dr Gogarty added: “Vaccination is so important and a double dose will provide a huge amount of protect against severe illness and hospitalisation. A single dose will also offer good protection. But vaccinated or not, the virus is still spreading so social distancing and testing is just as important as ever.”

Essex County Council (ECC) is sharing regular advice and guidance with residents throughout its Let’s Keep Covid in Check campaign on FacebookTwitter and Instagram. More information about the support available for Essex residents and businesses during the Covid-19 pandemic is available on ECC’s Coronavirus Hub.

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