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HELPING HAND: Isolation Challenge launched across Hertfordshire

 Published on: 15th December 2020   |   By: News Bulletin   |   Category: Uncategorized

With rates of infection on the increase across Hertfordshire, local authorities have launched an initiative to encourage and support those most at risk of spreading the virus as part of the ‘Self Isolate Means Stay at Home’ campaign.

Designed to help people through self-isolation, the #HertsIsolationChallenge is a calendar of free activities including workouts, cookery lessons, art and culture – plus a unique chance to be part of Hertfordshire’s history. 

Working with local businesses, the county’s Health Protection Board has put the calendar together to give those who are self-isolating the chance to stay busy and learn new skills at home, support the local economy, and play their part to reduce the spread of coronavirus.

The calendar is hosted on the Hertfordshire County Council Facebook page, and each day hosts a free activity offered by a local business.

Those who are not self-isolating are encouraged to forward the calendar to someone who is, and some are even taking part just to show their support. 

Jim McManus, Hertfordshire’s Director of Public Health, said: “We all have a part to play in beating this virus. We created this challenge to underline the importance of self-isolation, help people maintain their physical and mental wellbeing, and remind them that others are going through the same thing. And while helping to reduce the spread of Covid-19, people will also be offering their support to local businesses.

“The majority of people know that self-isolate means stay at home and only go out in a real emergency, but for some people that can be really tough.  If you do need help, call someone, and don’t forget that HertsHelp are there too.”

 Legally you are required to self-isolate if you test positive or you have been in contact with someone who has.  You should also stay at home if you develop symptoms and are waiting to be tested, or waiting to receive the results of your test.

 If you must self-isolate, you cannot:

  • Visit family or friends
  • Go to any shops or supermarkets – instead, order food online or ask for help
  • Go outside to exercise or walk your dog
  • Go to university, college or school – instead, work or study from home if you can
  • Use public transport, taxis or share a car
  • Attend parties or other events, even if these are outside

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