We’ve been learning to live with Covid since all restrictions were eased and we’ve enjoyed life getting back to normal.
However, the virus never went away and infections have increased over the last few weeks.
As we head into the social summer season, we need to remain vigilant, take precautions, be considerate of others and make sure we’re up-to-date with our vaccinations.
Here in North Somerset, our most recent weekly case data shows there were 939 confirmed cases of Covid locally, a case rate of 435.6 per 100,000 of the population, up from 55 per 100,000 at the end of May.
There is a two-week lag in the government’s reporting of case data, so we expect these numbers could increase further in the coming weeks.
We know many people will be visiting our area this summer, enjoying the local festivals and supporting local businesses that have been affected by the pandemic, so we all need to do our best to support each other and keep ourselves and those visitors safe.
Let’s enjoy the summer and our regained freedoms but keep in mind that Covid hasn’t gone on holiday.
When meeting others, meet outside if possible, or open doors and windows to let in fresh air if you do meet inside.
You may wish to wear a face covering when it's hard to stay away from other people – particularly indoors or in crowded places.
Continue to wash your hands with soap and water and use hand sanitiser regularly throughout the day.
If you have symptoms of a respiratory infection, stay at home and look the government website for the latest advice.
We need to continue to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe and the best way to protect yourself is to get vaccinated.
If you’ve not yet had your first vaccinations or booster, you can book one online.