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Government back-up not restrictions to tackle Covid-19 in Pendle

Published: Friday, 21st August 2020

Cllr Iqbal

Councillor Mohammed Iqbal, Leader of Pendle Council.

All three political parties at Pendle Council are united in asking the Government for more resources to tackle Covid-19 in Pendle, rather than a tightening of restrictions for local people.

The new Government guidance for Pendle is that from midnight on Saturday, local residents should not socialise with anyone from outside their household. 

The guidance means that any social activities indoors and outdoors can only be shared with people that you live with and in your bubble.
Pendle people will also being asked to avoid using public transport except for essential travel, such as to work, school and college.

And the numbers of people who can attend weddings, civil partnerships and funerals should be limited to household members and close family and no more than 20 people in total. 
The Government will be encouraging local restaurants to halt walk-ins, and only seat people who make reservations in advance, up to a maximum of six people per table. 
Councillor Mohammed Iqbal, Leader of Pendle Council, who leads the Labour group stated:

“We are not signed up to extra Government restrictions.  This is not what Pendle needs right now.

“In Pendle the number of Covid-19 cases has been coming down and that’s despite the fact that we are doing more testing than other areas in the North West!

“With support from the Pendle Task Force, which includes the NHS, Lancashire County Council and community leaders, testing units have been taken to the heart of communities, including town centres and schools.

“I’d like to thank all the community volunteers who’ve helped.

“We need to see the results of all our efforts before the Government considers hitting Pendle with harsher restrictions,” explained Councillor Iqbal.

“What we DO need is extra support from the Government, including financial support to ensure the safety messages and rules for Pendle reach everyone. 

“And it’s vital that there are more powers for the police and more police officers enforcing the rules in our area,” he stated.

Councillor David Whipp, Deputy Leader of Pendle Council and leader of the Liberal Democrat group said:

“Our approach has been to ramp up testing across all parts of Pendle since July.

“My worry is that the new Government restrictions could well back-fire and lead to less people getting tested and an increase in Covid-19 cases.

“So far we have tested over 12,000 people and the message is let’s do it for Pendle - get tested, even if you do not have symptoms.  

“It’s free, quick and easy and does not hurt and plays an essential part in reducing Covid-19 cases as those who test positive self-isolate,” he explained.

How to get tested and the rules for Pendle can be found on Pendle Council’s website:

Councillor Nadeem Ahmed, leader of the Conservative Group on Pendle Council said:

“I’ve taken an active part with other community representatives to knock on doors and urge people to get tested.

“It’s good news that the number of cases is coming down in Pendle, but we are not complacent.

“The number of people testing positive here is too high.

“We have launched a new campaign to reach all parts of our community, including areas where Covid-19 has been spread by households mixing and within households.”

The Government has stated that the new guidance does not prevent people from shopping, going to work or attending child-care settings including schools which open from September 

But the guidance does mean any social activities indoors and outdoors can only be shared with people that you live with and in your immediate household