Message from the Leader of Hampshire County Council

Cllr Keith Mans, Leader of Hampshire County Council and Chair of the Local Outbreak Engagement Board, explains the latest position on COVID-19 across Hampshire

Since February, we have been working closely with our partners in district and borough councils, the local NHS, Public Health England and other key organisations in response to the coronavirus pandemic to minimise the spread of the coronavirus and help protect local residents and communities across Hampshire.

In response to rising infection rates, the Government has imposed new national restrictions expected to be in place until 2 December. Hampshire is well prepared to respond to these and to protect the health and wellbeing of local residents.

We have a number of local testing centres and mobile units, making it easier for residents to get tested quickly. Anyone with symptoms, no matter how mild, should get a test. This is fast and simple to arrange. If you haven't done so already, we are also asking local residents to ensure they download the NHS Test and Trace app. Tracking contacts is a vital component in our war against the virus, helping control infection rates in the local community.

During this period, we will also continue to support our local schools and colleges to provide the vital learning that is so key for the positive development and wellbeing of children and young people, and to ensure ongoing provision of vital services for our whole population.

You can play your part too in keeping Hampshire safe, by:

  • self-isolating at home if you have symptoms of COVID-19 and getting tested
  • not mixing with anyone from outside your immediate household or support bubble, either inside or outside (although you may meet with one other person in an outside public space)
  • keeping your distance from people not in your household, or support bubble – two metres apart wherever possible
  • reducing all but essential travel
  • wearing a face covering wherever required to do so
  • washing your hands regularly

As we head further into the winter, we will continue to closely monitor the prevalence of the virus within the county, and take any further action needed to deal effectively with local outbreaks.

You can continue to keep updated via the weekly COVID-19 infection rate tracker on the County Council's website, which allows you to see how we are progressing in the fight against the virus. Our communications and messaging will also continue to signpost everyone to the most up to date information and advice.

By working together, we can protect one another and keep our county safe.

Councillor Keith Mans