Corby council leader urges familes: 'If you're meeting mum stick to the rules'

Mother's Day is this Sunday

Friday, 12th March 2021, 11:37 am

People across the Corby area are being reminded that they need to stick to the rules on Mother's Day this weekend.

In the past week, county environmental health officers and Northamptonshire Police have been out in force in Corby cracking down on residents flouting regulations as part of Corby Council and public health’s ongoing work to stop the spread of coronavirus.

Officers have already attended a number of warehouse logistics premises, larger supermarkets and other retailers, and will continue to do so for the remainder of the week.

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Mother's Day is this weekend

Leader of Corby Council, Cllr Tom Beattie, said: “We understand that with Mother’s Day being this Sunday, it will be tempting for families to get together, but we are urging all residents to please stick to the rules – we are in the final stretch and everyone’s contributions will help hugely in bringing us out of lockdown with the rest of the country."

Covid infection rates figures in Corby had been dropping but yesterday a 12.5 per cent increase brought the seven-day per 100,000 number to 154, the second highest in the East Midlands. Kettering is at 97 per 100,000 but has also risen by 8.8 per cent, Wellingborough is at 78 per 100,000, rising slightly, and East Northamptonshire is down to 65 cases per 100,000.

People can only meet outside one-to-one, maintaining social distance, in a park or outdoor space but not a private garden. People can chat over a coffee or go for a walk together.

Environmental health officers, police officers and Northants County Council Covid marshals will be out and about for the remainder of this week, including throughout the weekend.

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The teams will be engaging with workers and shoppers, cracking down on those not complying with government requirements to wear face coverings in indoor public spaces and offering guidance where car sharing is unavoidable.

Officers have also been showing a presence at Weldon Pocket Park and East Carlton Country Park, ensuring that rules around social distancing and mixing of bubbles and households are being adhered to. Fixed penalty notices have been issued where necessary and guidance reinforced.

Cllr Beattie added: ”It’s great to see that figures in Corby are moving in the right direction, but it is vital that we all continue to do our bit to stop the spread of the virus.

“Thank you to the patrols who are out and about this week engaging with public about the importance of the current rules.

"Please continue to wear your face covering, and ensure that this is placed over both your nose and mouth, avoid car sharing where possible and follow the guidance surrounding this when it is unavoidable."