SOMERSET residents are encouraged to enjoy new freedoms like hugging and socialising indoors – but to do so carefully, as lockdown rules are further eased.
Rules were relaxed yesterday to enable people to socialise in limited numbers, hug loved ones, and visit pubs and restaurants indoors.
But with Somerset still seeing high numbers of Covid-19 cases in some areas, the county’s Public Health leaders are calling on residents to remain on their guard while enjoying the new freedoms.
Director of Public Health Professor Trudi Grant said: “Somerset is in a good position as we move into this latest phase of lockdown, with a relatively low number of cases overall.
“We know it has been a tough year for everyone with limited social interaction. However, we all want the positive trend to continue so we can get back to normal and that means we still have to act sensibly to reduce the risk of spreading the virus.
“There are a number of things people can do in order to limit the chances of the infection spreading as society starts to open up again.
“When welcoming family and friends back into homes, let fresh air in too. The message of hands, face, space, and fresh air is especially important when mixing indoors.
“Science still indicates that along with washing our hands regularly and wearing face coverings in enclosed public spaces, keeping your distance from others is an important measure in preventing the spread of coronavirus.”
Full information on what is allowed under the latest changes is available here: (COVID-19) Coronavirus restrictions: what you can and cannot do – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)