An important message from Cllr Paul Skinner, Leader of the Council

“At this moment in time we are facing a huge health crisis with Covid-19 cases increasing – with admissions to the Pilgrim Hospital and other hospitals in Lincolnshire slowly rising over the last couple of months.

“In areas where lockdowns are already in place, the vast majority of cases could be traced back to specific events, but that’s not what is happening here in Boston. Here, the cases appear to be down to community transmission rather than, say, a celebration where people became ill after ignoring rules on social distancing or a day trip where somebody who was symptomatic visited different venues where customers later tested positive. This rise in positive cases is of huge concern.

“There can be little doubt that while we are currently on the medium alert level, if our cases continue to grow we would expect to move up to the next tier unless we can act together to slow the disease’s spread.

If we want to prevent further action from being taken locally the pandemic rules designed to fight the spread of Covid-19 must be strictly followed. Coronavirus is a disease which affects us all, not just the elderly or vulnerable, and we need to come together as a community in order to fight it. We must make sure that we religiously follow national guidance, and ensure that we continue to wash our hands, make space, cover our faces, and avoid gathering in large numbers. If you develop a high temperature, a new, continuous cough or notice a change in your sense of smell or taste, make sure that you get a coronavirus test as quickly as possible. Full details can be found here.

“If we do meet up with people outside our own household this has to be limited to six people only. I know the thing we most want to do is to be with our family and friends, but the harsh reality is that sacrificing opportunities to meet up now, is the best way of showing our love and care as we move into the future.

“Throughout this crisis there may have been many occasions when I have said I couldn’t be more proud to be part of this great community. People have stepped up to show how much they care.

“At the end of the day it is down to each and every one of us to protect Boston, save lives and protect the vulnerable in our society.”

HANDS – wash your hands regularly and for at least 20 seconds
FACE – cover your face in enclosed spaces, especially where social distancing may be difficult and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet
SPACE – stay 2 metres apart where possible, or 1 metre with extra precautions in place