Residents urged to stick to essential journeys to help stop the spread of coronavirus

RESIDENTS across the borough are being urged to stick to essential journeys only in a bid to stop the spread of deadly coronavirus.

Cases of the virus are falling slowly across the area - though the number of cases per 100,000 population for Barrow remains higher than the national average at 225.

Now, a visual reminder has been installed at a key location in the borough - on Hindpool Road - to encourage people to consider whether their journey is essential.

The poster, on the border of Craven Park, forms part of the ongoing #WeAreBarrow campaign launched to recognise the special strengths, determination and community spirit the borough is renowned for.

Barrow Borough Council leader, Councillor Ann Thomson, said: “We’re at a critical point in the pandemic. Things are going in the right direction and I’m so proud of the efforts of our NHS staff and volunteers in the area for the progress they have made in rolling out the vaccine.

“This is why we simply mustn’t let things go backwards now. We need to keep going, keep following the rules and stay at home to stop the spread of this virus.

“Every life lost to Covid is a tragedy. We’ve got to continue to do all we can to stop coronavirus in its tracks. The best way we can do this, right now, as a community, is to stay at home.”

While the nation is in lockdown, residents can leave their homes for a number of reasons. 

These include:

  • to go to work, or provide voluntary or charitable services, if you cannot reasonably do so from home
  • to shop for basic necessities for your or a vulnerable person
  • to exercise with your household or one other person
  • to seek medical assistance or avoid injury
  • to attend education or childcare for those eligible

The most recent figures available show that 151 people caught Covid in Barrow in the week ending Friday, February 5.

More than 1,000 residents across Cumbria have now died from illnesses linked to the virus since the start of the pandemic.

Councillor Thomson added: “These are such tough times for everyone. No-one wants to be apart from their family, friends and the rest of their community, but we’re doing it to protect each other.

“My thanks go to every single person for their efforts to kick this virus into touch. Please keep going. We can get through this together.”