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Common sense call for Bank Holiday safety

People across Middlesbrough are being urged to act responsibly and think of others ahead of the bank holiday weekend.

Middlesbrough Council is reminding residents to follow social distancing rules to keep everyone in the town safe from Covid-19.

As of Thursday, Middlesbrough's rate of cumulative cases per 100,000 population was the fourth highest among local authority areas in England.

Concerns over gatherings of multiple people from different households have led to a renewed warning of the threat from the coronavirus.

Mark Adams, South Tees Joint Director of Public Health, said: "Unfortunately there were reports from all around the country over the VE Day weekend of people not social distancing.

"Any repeat this weekend will be extremely dangerous at a critical time for the town.

"The rate of infection is not slowing as quickly in Middlesbrough as in other areas of the country and we need everyone to play their part as we look to beat the virus together.

"By washing your hands regularly, staying and home as much as possible and keeping your distance when you leave the house you can help everyone in Middlesbrough.

"You're not only protecting yourself, but helping your neighbours, family and everyone working so hard in the fight against Covid-19. What you do has an effect on everyone."

In recent weeks the Council has sent leaflets to every house in TS3, placed restrictions on the use of parks and displayed banners to reinforce the need for social distancing and good hygiene.

Middlesbrough Mayor Andy Preston said: "We can't take our eye off the ball, regardless of the bank holiday weekend.

"This nasty virus is clearly still a huge threat in the Middlesbrough area and as a Council we've worked really hard with the police to encourage social distancing.

"It's true that most people are doing the right thing, but everyone needs to follow the rules.

"The rules aren't for somebody else to follow. Wherever you live in Middlesbrough, you can do your bit."

A number of restrictions will remain in place within the Council's parks to encourage social distancing this weekend.

At this stage the parks are open for exercise only. Albert Park will continue to close at 12pm and the car park at Stewart Park will remain shut.

The Council hopes to remove all restrictions in parks from June 1, depending on infection data.

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Read the latest advice from Government and Public Health England.

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