Dr Helen Lowey
Dr Helen Lowey, Director of Public Health for Bolton
Published: Friday, 3rd Jul 2020

Bolton’s Director of Public Health, Dr Helen Lowey has spoken about recent press coverage

"It’s important that we all continue to look after each other and we can do this by washing our hands often, keeping 2 metres apart and wearing a face covering when needed.

"It is entirely natural that the recent press coverage has raised concerns about what the picture is for Bolton, and what the future may hold in terms of COVID-19.

"I wish to reassure you that myself, my team, and all relevant partners are working hard together to protect our communities. You may have already seen that we published the executive summary of Bolton’s COVID-19 Outbreak Management Plan. We will continue to develop this plan as the situation continues.

"I would like to thank you all for your efforts and sacrifices so far, this has been a difficult and worrying time for everyone, but Bolton’s community spirit has shone throughout.

"Whilst some restrictions have been lifted, it is important that we all continue to follow the guidance. COVID-19 has unfortunately not gone away and any progress we have seen is because our communities have followed the guidance in place. The key points to remember are:

  • Wash your hands often and thoroughly
  • Stay 2 metres away from anyone who does not live in your household
  • If you are in a situation where maintaining 2 metres distance may be difficult (e.g. supermarket) you should wear a face covering if you can
  • If you need to use public transport you must wear a face covering
  • If you cough or sneeze catch it in a tissue (or the inside of your elbow) then immediately bin the tissue and wash your hands well
  • If you start to experience any of the symptoms of COVID-19 you must isolate immediately and get a test as soon as possible
  • If you are contacted by the NHS Test & Trace Service, then you must follow their instructions and isolate immediately

"By continuing to follow these measures we will hopefully all be able to enjoy a few more of the freedoms that the latest easing allows us, whilst remaining safe. Rest assured we are closely monitoring the local situation and are committed to supporting residents and businesses through this crisis.

"I will ensure that our communities are kept informed and ask that, in return, you all continue to follow the guidance to protect yourselves and others."