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CORONAVIRUS: Blackpool Council respond to First Minister’s briefing

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Following the First Minister’s briefing, Dr. Arif Rajpura, Director of Public Health, Blackpool Council has issued the following statement:
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“Blackpool has long had an association with visitors from Scotland, in excess of 1 million visitors from Scotland enjoy Blackpool and all its attractions every year.
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“The rate of COVID 19 in Blackpool currently stand at 218 per 100,000 which is one the lowest in the North West of England, and is also lower than parts of Scotland.
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“As mentioned by The First Minister, evidence suggests that many of these current cases are linked to coach parties and coach travel. We are asking everyone not to travel when they are symptomatic. We are also reminding everyone when visiting, people should only be coming with those they live with, and should not mix with other households at all when in Blackpool.
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“Evidence across the country suggests that the virus is spreading most quickly within social groups, which is why it is essential that people act in a COVID secure way when they are here. We get 18 million visitors a year to Blackpool and have not seen outbreaks in the rest of the UK from visitors to Blackpool, nor are we experiencing outbreaks within our tourism businesses.
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“Blackpool has stringent COVID secure measures in place. The council visits its hotels, venues and attractions on a regular basis to ensure all are COVID compliant. Blackpool was one of the first places in the country to establish a team of 60 COVID stewards. Their job is to ensure people are socially distancing, wearing face coverings, alleviating pinch points in queues and advising and supporting the public and businesses.
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“We want everyone to stay safe in Blackpool and urge people to follow our local restrictions, wash hands regularly, wear a face covering and stay 2 metres apart when possible”.

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