Residents in Cheshire West and Chester urged to follow new Plan B measures to help slow the spread of Omicron
10 December 2021Residents are being urged to look after each other and follow new measures being introduced in England to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 variant Omicron.
Cheshire West and Chester Council is working on a five-point plan to play its part in the fight against the virus.
Measures announced by the government on Wednesday are part of Plan B of the national Winter Plan.
The measures include:
Cllr Louise Gittins, Leader of Cheshire West and Chester Council, said:
“I am immensely proud of the community spirit in our borough and how we all pull together to keep each other safe. I am appealing to all our residents and businesses to continue to look after each other and follow measures introduced to slow the spread of Omicron.
“We will continue do all that we can as a Council to keep our borough safe.”
The Council’s plan includes the following points:
Ian Ashworth, Director of Public Health at Cheshire West and Chester Council, said:
“Now, more than ever, it is again important for everyone to look after each other and keep taking sensible precautions – get your vaccine or booster as soon as you are eligible, wear face coverings in crowded and enclosed spaces, and keep rooms well ventilated by opening doors and windows for a few minutes each hour. It is important to break the chain of transmission as quickly as possible, which is the aim of regular no-symptoms testing. The quickest way to break the transmission chain is for individuals who test positive on a no-symptoms test to self-isolate immediately and book a PCR test. Even if you are feeling well, I would urge everyone to play their part to keep our community safe.”
Residents are asked to take a no-symptoms lateral flow device (LFD) test twice a week and, if this is positive, to self-isolate and book a laboratory-processed PCR test by visiting: www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or calling: 119.
For more information about how to access no-symptoms tests visit: www.cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk/c19testing.
Anyone with symptoms, including a new, continuous cough, loss or change in smell or taste or a high temperature, should self-isolate immediately and book a PCR test.
A pop-up clinic offering first, second and booster vaccines will be held at Chester Cathedral from Wednesday, 15 December, to Tuesday, 21 December, from 10am to 5pm every day apart from Thursday, 16 December, when the clinic will run from 11am to 6pm. No appointment is necessary to attend this clinic.
Vaccine appointments can also be booked across the borough by visiting the national booking system at: www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination or call: 119.
For more information about who is eligible for a vaccine visit: www.cheshireccg.nhs.uk and click on ‘COVID-19 vaccination programme – what you need to know’.