Sandwell warns risks remain for elderly and vulnerable

Sandwell’s elderly and vulnerable people are being warned of ‘real infection risks’ remaining in crowded spaces including shops and supermarkets.

Director of Public Health Dr Lisa McNally said that, despite the lockdown, outbreaks continued wherever people mix in numbers.

Dr McNally called for people to shop safely and respect COVID-19 rules – and where possible to avoid places where crowds gather. She said:

“Hospital admissions and deaths remain very high in Sandwell so elderly and vulnerable people should really avoid large groups where infection is spread - shops and supermarkets are a real risk. 

“We are still seeing outbreaks in workplaces, schools and particularly shops and supermarkets.

“Mainstream retail and gyms will be opening up again on 3 December and I strongly urge people to be extremely careful – it’s still very dangerous.”

Deputy Council Leader Councillor Maria Crompton added:

“What I would say to people right now is - make a positive choice to protect yourself, your family and your whole community.

“Doing the right thing now will make a difference later and all the core safety messages are still the most important.

“Wash your hands, cover your nose and mouth and keep at least a two-metre distance.”

Sandwell will move into the government Tier 3 very high alert restrictions from next Wednesday 2 December.


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