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Somerset’s public health leaders urge Covid-safe behaviour as Bridgwater Fair gets under way

BRIDGWATER Fair makes a welcome return to St Matthews Field today – and Somerset’s public health leaders are encouraging people to enjoy the event safely.

A spokesperson for the county council said: “Coronavirus case numbers are still relatively high in the district and we want everyone to enjoy the fair sensibly and take simple steps to ensure the event is Covid-safe.

“This includes testing before the event, wearing face coverings, keeping your distance in crowded areas and testing after the event itself.

“There will be a marquee at the entrance to West Street which will have hand-sanitiser, face masks and information available as a reminder to fair-goers that Covid-19 is still around, and how to enjoy the event in a safe and responsible manner.”

Professor Trudi Grant, Director of Public Health for the county council, said: “We hope everybody enjoys the fair and it is a great success, but in light of the recent rise in cases, we must do this safely.

“We would encourage everyone to get on board with the safety measures such as testing before you attend the fair, keeping your distance while there, wearing a mask in crowded areas and to not attend if you feel unwell.

“Finally, please, when you are invited, step forward for your vaccination – be it the first, second or booster jab. It really is the best form of defence we have against the virus.”


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