Tameside people are featuring in a new campaign to highlight four simple steps we can all take to protect each other from coronavirus and help avoid the need for a local lockdown.
The key messages of the #ItWorks campaign are to:
1. keep your social distance
2. wash your hands regularly
3. self isolate if you have symptoms or are identified as a close contact
4. to wear a face covering.
The campaign aims to highlight that these four measures work in helping to keep people safe and will help everyone to play their part in preventing a second peak of infections.
It features real Tameside people – of different ages and from different backgrounds – wearing face coverings while shopping and using public transport in local towns.
It also highlights what people should do – and how they can get a test – should they get coronavirus symptoms.
Anyone who has a high temperature, a new, continuous cough or a loss of or change in their normal sense of smell or taste, no matter how mild, needs to self-isolate and get a test immediately. To book a test or order a home testing kit visit:
www.nhs.uk/coronavirus or call 119
There are a number of testing sites in Greater Manchester and an increasing number of local testing sites available here in Tameside for easier access. It’s simple, safe, confidential and will protect everyone.
For those who test positive, NHS Test and Tracing will contact them to trace people they have been in close contact with. Anyone who is told they have been in close contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19, must self-isolate for 14 days even if they aren’t showing any symptoms.
The #ItWorks campaign will be highlighted on social media, posters, billboards, banners and leaflets, which have been translated into different languages, to help reach as many Tameside residents as possible.
Tameside Council Executive Leader Cllr Brenda Warrington said: “I’ve been really proud of how the Tameside community has responded to this crisis but we are not out of the woods yet. As we start to see lockdown measures lifted, it’s important, now more than ever, that we continue with our efforts to protect each other.
“The four steps you need to take are simple – and, importantly, they work. I want everyone to feel comfortable and normal about things like wearing face coverings because – for the time being at least – they need to become our normal way of life so we can keep safe and keep moving forwards with restarting the economy and our social lives.”
Please share your face covering selfies with firstname.lastname@example.org or online using #ItWorks to help raise awareness of we can all play our part in protecting the Tameside community.