Coronavirus is on the rise in the North West, and it is mainly spreading through households and communities.

None of us want a local lockdown to be introduced in Preston so, following a spike in cases, we need your help to prevent the situation from worsening.

It's (relatively) easy to keep your distance from those you don't know, but we instinctively close the gap with those we know, like and love and put ourselves, our friends, loved ones and communities at risk.

We're asking residents to take extra precautions to protect ourselves and each other:

  • Avoid visitors to your home
  • Wear masks* in enclosed spaces, including places of worship
  • Get tested even if you experience mild symptoms

Look after your community and please give each other space. It is not over yet.

*any face covering is acceptable unless you are exempt.

If you are concerned about how a business or workplace is implementing social distancing measures please complete Coronavirus report form.

COVID-19 symptoms

For a comprehensive list of COVID-19 symptoms visit NHS - COVID-19. If you are displaying these symptoms or feel unwell please get tested as soon as possible. Where practical please avoid the use of taxis or public transport to attend a testing site.

New measures

Why are extra measures being put in place?

Evidence from Public Health England shows a spike of coronavirus cases in Preston - and the majority of the spread is through households and communities. The city is surrounded by areas that have had enforced measures implemented by Government and we want to act now to stop that from happening Preston.

Coronavirus isn't gone yet but we can work together to minimise the risk for Preston.

What new measures are being advised for residents in Preston?

Together with the Director of Public Health for Lancashire we are asking you to:

  1. Avoid having visitors in your home
  2. Wear a face covering in all enclosed public places - unless you are medically exempt
  3. Wash your hands regularly with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitiser - additional hand sanitising stations are being installed around the city
  4. Maintain social distancing and stay two metres apart wherever possible
  5. Get tested if you are feeling unwell

Is Preston in lockdown?

At this time Preston is not subject to additional lockdown measures that have been introduced elsewhere in Lancashire.

However, to help tackle the increasing number of cases we're asking residents to adhere to the above measures to help minimise the risk for Preston.

Face coverings

What is the latest guidance on face coverings?

For the latest guidance and exemptions visit GOV.UK - Face coverings - when to wear one and how to make your own.

Can I be fined for not wearing a face covering?

The new legislation means it's a legal requirement to wear a face covering in shops and supermarkets. Police can issue fines of £100 for non-compliance.

What if I refuse?

On public transport, for example, those who obstruct or ignore orders from police "without reasonable excuse" commit an offence and can be prosecuted.

What about pubs, cafes and restaurants?

Current guidance does not require face coverings to be worn in pubs, cafes and restaurants. However, we are recommending that face coverings be worn where practical in enclosed public spaces.

What about face coverings at work?

The above page provides guidance on the use of face coverings at work. Employers must make sure that the risk assessment for their business addresses the risks of COVID-19 using BEIS guidance to inform decisions and control measures including close proximity working.

Businesses and places of work

I want to report a business for its social distancing measures

If you are unhappy with the measures introduced by a business or place of work (including bars, cafes and restaurants) to maintain social distancing and infection control you can report it using our Coronavirus report form.

Testing

Who needs to get tested?

If you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 or feel unwell please get tested as soon as possible. Where practical please avoid the use of taxis or public transport to attend a testing site.

Where can I get tested?

We are working to increase the number of testing facilities available and will provide more information soon.

The main testing site in Preston is at Preston's College car park, St Vincent's Road, Fulwood, PR2 8UR.

To find out more about the test and how to book visit GOV.UK - coronavirus test or by calling the NHS Coronavirus testing contact centre on 119.

Map address for Preston's College

Preston's College car park, St Vincent's Road, Fulwood, PR2 8UR.