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Coronavirus: Calls for more clarity on how local lockdown would work in Harrogate

Coronavirus: Calls for more clarity on how local lockdown would work in Harrogate

Published by Local Democracy Reporter Jacob Webster at 6:47am 3rd July 2020.

There needs to be more clarity on how local lockdown measures would work in North Yorkshire - according to the chief executive of Harrogate Borough Council.

  • Testing data and public vigilance is "absolutely key" -  to stop Harrogate going back into strict lockdown.
  • That's according to the chief executive of Harrogate Borough Council.
  • Local politicians in North Yorkshire have called on the ministers to give more clarity on how they expect localised measures to work.

Wallace Sampson says testing data and public vigilance is "absolutely key" - to stopping Harrogate following Leicester in going back into lockdown.  

Local politicians in North Yorkshire are calling on ministers to give more clarity on how they expect localised measures to work.

Mr Sampson said having full testing data will help health officials in the county control outbreaks.  

It comes as North Yorkshire County Council has this week published its Covid-19 outbreak control plan which outlines how entire towns and streets could be put back into lockdown if virus cases rise.

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Mr Sampson said:

“Were an outbreak such as Leicester to happen within the Harrogate district, our response would not just be purely a Harrogate Borough Council response, it would be a response that is coordinated through the outbreak management board.”

“Ultimately, what the outbreak management board will be doing is not just ensuring that there is a plan in place to respond to any local outbreaks, but also trying to get reassurance that prevention remains paramount.

“And that is why the messages around stay at home, stay safe, wash your hands etc are all really important, notwithstanding the fact that lockdown restrictions are beginning to be eased.”