Bristolians urged to protect Bristol: Protect Bristol-Montage

27 Nov 2020

Bristolians urged to protect Bristol

A new campaign urges people to follow the guidance.

Following yesterday’s announcement that the government has placed Bristol in Tier 3 restrictions from 2 December, Bristolians are being urged to follow the guidance so we can get back to normal sooner.

A new campaign, launched by Bristol City Council, sees local hospital doctors, a GP, a pharmacist, a police officer, a teacher, Bristol’s Bishop and the Chair of the Council of Bristol’s Mosques, all share messages urging people to follow the guidance.

“Many of you will recover in your own homes fully from COVID-19 but some of you will have to come into hospital. It’s important that you keep your family, friends and all around you safe,” said Dr Huzaifa Adamali who works as a respiratory consultant at Southmead Hospital.

“Meeting up with lots of people you don’t live with is a risk. The guidelines are in place to protect you and me. Remember, hands, face, space,” said Lucy Mckenzie, a nurse who works at the Old School Surgery in Fishponds.

“Cases of COVID-19 in Bristol are high. We all need to play our part to protect people from getting very ill. Remember to keep space from others, and wash your hands,” said Jonathan Hardwick-Smith, a South Western Ambulance Service paramedic.

“If you have any new continuous cough, or temperature or a change or loss or your sense of smell of taste, stay home and book a test,” said Baljinder Singh from Bhogal’s Chemist on St Mark’s Road.

Watch the film on the We Are Bristol website.

Bristol has been placed in Tier 3 by the government which will come into force on 2, December at 00.01hrs. Bristol’s Mayor, Marvin Rees has warned that for every moment the city is in Tier 3, the hospitality sector will be damaged.

Mayor Rees said: “We can all help move to a tier with fewer restrictions if we work together and follow the guidance. Until we get the numbers down people will continue getting very ill, hospitals will be under pressure, and people’s jobs and businesses will be impacted. We must protect people’s lives and protect people’s livelihoods. Please do all you can to protect Bristol.”

Bristol’s Director of Public Health, Christina Gray, said: “No one wants to be in Tier 3 but we all must understand the importance of driving down infection rates and protecting people from getting very ill. The Protect Bristol campaign asks you to please follow the guidance to protect yourself, protect others around you, and protect the NHS.

“You can protect Bristol by staying 2m apart from people you don’t live with, regularly washing your hands and covering your face when you need to. If you are told to self-isolate you must stay at home as you are a risk to others. And if you have symptoms then please book a test.” 

For more information on the restrictions for Tier 3, please visit the government website.