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No easing of Covid-19 restrictions for Pendle

Published: Friday, 11th September 2020

Nelson Town Hall

Nelson Town Hall, HQ of Pendle Council.

The Government has today, Friday 11 September, announced that there will be no easing of the current Covid-19 restrictions for Pendle.

Councillor Mohammed Iqbal, Leader of Pendle Council, said:

“Following two spikes which brought tighter Government regulations to our area, infection rates have been coming down in Pendle.

“We recognise the big impact that the extra restrictions have had on thousands of our residents who have had long periods of isolation from family and friends.

“Working with our MP, Andrew Stephenson, we felt it was time to bring the restrictions for Nelson and Brierfield in line with other areas in the North of England,” he said.

“But we are very disappointed that the Government does not want to remove the additional restrictions for Brierfield and Nelson yet.

“We know it’s a very tough time for many people in Pendle and I’m hopeful that restrictions will ease soon.

“We will continue to monitor the situation in Pendle on a daily basis and to keep lobbying the Government to get the right support for our area,” he pledged.

The current restrictions mean that people in Brierfield and Nelson are still not allowed to enjoy any social activities indoors or outdoors with anyone they don’t live with.

“We also asked for an easing of restrictions in other areas of Pendle in line with those in place in England, but the Government wants to keep things as they are, at present,” said Cllr

Information on the regulations for Brierfield and Nelson and for Pendle are on Pendle Council’s website including how to get tested in Pendle
and stay safe advice.

Deputy Leader, Councillor David Whipp said:

It's another disappointing decision for the people of Pendle.

“Residents have shown great fortitude in recent months and their continued care with hygiene and keeping apart from others has helped reduce the spread of the virus across the

“With the number of positive cases coming down in Pendle as a whole, it's;s a blow for everyone that there aren't any relaxations in the restrictions this week.

“The county's Director of Public Health agreed with the joint view of leadership of Pendle Council and the Member of Parliament, that the rules should be eased.

“It's very unfortunate that the national agencies haven't accepted this approach because of the worsening national situation.”

Pendle Council and Pendle’s MP have made additional recommendations to the Government to:

Prioritise Pendle with national and regional testing resources to carry out 500 tests per day

Put in place a new more localised case and contact tracing system where Pendle Council staff follow through calls from start to finish

Include Pendle in a national DEFRA study into testing sewage to detect Covid-19

Provide additional support for a new communications campaign for Pendle in collaboration with the Lancashire Resilience Forum.

Andrew Stephenson, Pendle’s MP, said:
“We must continue to do all we can to beat the virus. We will make every effort to support Pendle.

“A big thank you to everyone who has been following the rules. It makes a huge difference.”

Councillor Iqbal added:
“Bringing testing to the heart of our communities over recent weeks has played a vital part in helping us to reduce the spread of the virus.

“People who’ve tested positive for Covid-19 have been able to self-isolate,” he said.

Deputy Leader of Pendle Council, Councillor David Whipp said:

“We will continue to bear down on this disease in Pendle and hope our collective efforts will be rewarded with some let-up in the restrictions being announced next week.

“In the meantime, the virus is circulating across Pendle. We all need to continue to be very careful.

“Keeping person to person contact to the very minimum is crucial to slowing the spread of Covid 19.

“Thank you to everyone for doing this and following the simple advice to wash hands, cover face and make space for each other.

“With winter coming, we need to stamp on this outbreak as quickly as we can. Each and everyone of us can play a part,” he added.

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

“We thank everyone who has taken an active part in our Let’s Do It for Pendle campaign, including getting tested and following tighter restrictions to protect themselves, their
families and our community.

“We know it’s been tough. But we’re urging people to continue to follow Government rules and guidance, from regular hand washing to safe distancing and wearing face coverings in
places like shops and supermarkets.

“Coronavirus is still with us,” he warned.

Pendle is piloting a new payment scheme for residents who test positive or have been identified as a contact of someone who has tested positive and need to self-isolate.

People eligible for a self-isolation payment are those on low incomes who will lose earningsbecause they can’t work from home.

Applicants must receive certain benefits, such as Universal Credit or Working Tax Credits, other members of their household, who have to self-isolate for 14 days, are entitled to a
payment of £182.

Applicants can apply on Pendle Council’s website -

Anyone who is self-isolating and needs support can access a range of help including getting food shopping and prescriptions.

Contact the Pendle Community Support Hub via our website: or ring (01282) 661743.