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Public Health England East Asks People Not To Be Tempted To Ease Their Lockdown Efforts

Published on Friday, 20th November 2020

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Dr David Edwards, Consultant in Health Protection at PHE East, said: “We are in the middle of our second lockdown and the temptation might be to loosen the reigns and become a little complacent but we urge people living and working in the east of England, to dig deep and continue sticking to the advice, which has been put in place to help protect us all.

“As we see case rates stabilising in other parts of the country, it is rising week on week in our region and we need to do everything we can to bring the rate down. One of our best defences and something we can all do is social distancing, washing hands, not mixing with other households and wearing masks. If you have any symptoms, you should book a test immediately so you and any close contacts can self-isolate and help break the chain of transmission.

 “It is challenging for us all but if we work together we can help protect not just those we love but those around us – we all need to be playing our part.”


- Prime Minister announces new national restrictions. From Thursday 5 November, everyone must stay at home, with a limited set of exemptions. Key new restrictions are:

- People must not meet with anybody outside their household or support bubble in any indoor setting, whether at home or in a public place.

- People must not meet with other households outside, including in a garden or other space, unless it is two people only from two households or bubbles and meeting in an open area like a park.

- People should aim to reduce the number of journeys they make where possible. If they need to travel, they should walk or cycle where possible, or plan and avoid busy times and routes on public transport.

- Non-essential shops, leisure and entertainment venues will be closed.


- Pubs, bars, restaurants must close, except for takeaway and delivery services.


- People should work from home wherever possible.

Notes to editors:

  • These measures will be reviewed on Wednesday December 2nd.
  • For more information on the COVID local alert levels visit:
  • Everyone needs to be aware and stick to government guidelines around the rule of six, social distancing and that they remember ‘hands, face, space’: wash your hands, wear a face covering and keep your distance.   
  • We are also asking anyone who shows signs of coronavirus symptoms – a high temperature, a new, continuous cough and a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – to self-isolate immediately and book a test as soon as possible.

Issued by PHE East of England Communications Office: 01223 722 486/485.

Out of hours telephone: Karen Dowle 07786 524406

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