Islanders are being reminded to stay at home this weekend to help further prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Simon Bryant, the Isle of Wight Council’s director of public health, and spokesperson for the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Local Resilience Forum said: “The overwhelming majority of local residents continue to observe the stay at home message, but as time goes by we are seeing a small, but increasing number, travelling unnecessarily and going out when they don’t need to.
“We know this is hard, and that people are fed up and yearn to go out to spend time with friends and loves ones, but with people still becoming seriously ill and dying from the virus, and with no effective treatment available yet, now is not the time to push the boundaries.”
He added: “This bank holiday weekend, please celebrate VE Day at home with your immediate household, and virtually with friends and family — if we all keep going, we can get back to what, or who, we love sooner.”
Government guidance asks that we stay at home to save lives. This means:
- only going outside for food or health reasons or work (but only if you cannot work from home);
- if you go out, staying two metres (6 feet) away from other people at all times;
- washing your hands as soon as you get home; and
- not meeting others, even family or friends.
Further information is available at www.gov.uk/government/publications/full-guidance-on-staying-at-home-and-away-from-others