Salford City Council is sending an urgent message to the local community to avoid further covid-19 restrictions.
The council’s Director of Public Health, Dr Muna Abdel Aziz is reiterating critical advice to wear face coverings wherever possible, maintain social distancing and avoid physical contact with anyone outside your household.
She also reminded residents to stay home if they are unwell and get tested if they develop coronavirus symptoms as well as follow Track and Trace advice and quarantine for 14 days if notified.
Dr Aziz added: “These steps will protect residents from the spread of the virus, keep social settings and workplaces open, as well as schools so that they are safe to continue to provide education for young people.”
The announcement follows the city’s escalating infection rate with 80 positive cases per 100,000 people and if this rate continues to rise, new measures may be introduced by central government.
These may include food and drink businesses opening only for takeaways, limited venue opening times, and a blanket restriction on meeting outdoors.
City Mayor Paul Dennett said: “I am really concerned about the levels of COVID-19 positive cases in the city and especially concerned that cases are now showing up across all our communities and across age groups.
“There is the potential for the spread of the virus to vulnerable residents which could have tragic consequences for families and loved ones.”
He also called on local people to show the Spirit of Salford and protect each other by following advice, abiding by restrictions, avoiding public transport and wearing face coverings in all indoor venues unless medically exempt.
“We will monitor businesses to enforce the tightening of track and trace responsibilities in the hospitality sector and to ask restaurants and pubs to operate advanced booking systems.
“We will also robustly challenge applications for events and gatherings and have taken the decision to reluctantly cancel major events for this year’s Bonfire Night,” he added.
Salford is one of six Greater Manchester boroughs currently placed on red alert with the third highest rate overall.