Lucy Wightman, Director of Public Health said: “Northampton borough has been experiencing a high number of cases over the last 4 weeks and was added to the government’s watchlist as an “Area of Intervention” on 21 August.
“Local testing data showed this spike was significantly influenced by a workplace outbreak at the Greencore Factory. As a result the factory closed voluntarily, and most employees and their direct households have been required to isolate at home for two weeks.
“This decision has been taken as part of the ongoing efforts to reduce the spread of the virus in the Borough. We will continue to support Greencore as they re-open and commence their operations again.
The government has published legislation to ensure this isolation period is enforceable. The legislation stipulates anyone leaving isolation prior to the required period ending will be subject to fines.
“Since the commencement of the isolation period, we have been working collectively with our partners to undertake welfare checks and provide support in our communities, in order to help individuals to understand and comply with the self-isolation enforcement.
“I want to thank local people in Northampton for the collective effort to date to help reduce the spread of the virus. We recognise this is tough for everyone but I would urge you all to keep going and to follow the guidance. This situation illustrates how fragile our position is, and that if we don’t keep continuing to work together to reduce the transmission of the virus, there is a very real possibility that further and stricter intervention measures and a possible local lockdown will follow.”
The current guidance in Northampton, Kettering, Corby and Wellingborough remains:
- Limit contact with others outside of your household or bubble
- Work from home if you can
- Keep 2 metres from others at all times, use a face covering where you are less than 2 metres apart
- Avoid using public transport or car sharing, wear face coverings if you cannot avoid these
- If you have COVID-19 symptoms, stay at home, self-isolate and get a test
- Avoid meeting those outside of your household or bubble in an indoor space
- Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly for 20 seconds each time
- Do not share items with others outside of your household or bubble
- If you have COVID-19 symptoms, do not go to work, either work from home or report sick, self-isolate and get a test
- Even if you only have mild COVID-19 symptoms, get a test
- If you are contacted by test and trace and asked to self-isolate, stay at home for 14 days