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Two Covid cases in a fortnight could close Lancs schools and pubs

Written by on July 1, 2020

Lancashire schools, pubs, and businesses could be shut down immediately if two cases of coronavirus are confirmed at one location within a fortnight.

The revelation was made this morning (July 1) in the newly released Lancashire Covid-19 Outbreak Control Plan.

Published by Lancashire County Council, the plan has set out a number of countywide policies to follow to make sure local lockdowns can be avoided and Covid-19 doesn’t spread further through communities.

But if Covid does unfortunately spread among the population, ‘outbreaks’ will be declared very quickly.

Under the plan, an outbreak will be declared if there are two or more confirmed cases of coronavirus in a particular place within 14 days of each other.

This can include schools, pubs, bars, cinemas, businesses, office space, places of worship and households.

These venues can then be temporarily shut down from public access.

If this does happen, ‘careful and rapid assessment should be made’.

Assessments should include:

  • Dates of when an affected person’s illness started
  • When those with the virus last attended the venues in question
  • Any links between cases outside the setting (home address, social activities, friends, before/after school childcare, etc)
  • The type of setting (pre-school, primary school, secondary school, etc)
  • Numbers of students/workers/service users (with consideration in a school and in each school year)

A county council spokesperson said: “By finding out quickly and effectively about cases, we can provide information and support to people, helping them to stay safe and protect themselves, as well as their family and friends.

“People who are asked to stay at home and ‘self-isolate’ will be offered support if they need it for shopping, accessing health care, getting medication and other help.”

An outbreak will then only be declared over when the risk to public health subsides, no cases have been recorded within 14 days using contact tracing, and there have been deep cleans of affected locations.

Read our full breakdown of the Lancashire Covid-19 Outbreak Control Plan here