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Team Lancashire urged to #TestandGo during Euro 2020

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Health chiefs are urging team Lancashire to not take their eye off the ball and get tested for Covid-19 before socialising during the European Championships.

Euro 2020 – which has been delayed a year due to the coronavirus pandemic – will run until July 11, and will no doubt see fans meet up to enjoy the many games on offer.

Hundreds of football fans descended on Preston’s Flag Market on Sunday as England kicked off their Euro 2020 campaign with a 1-0 victory over Croatia. The Three Lions face off against Scotland on Friday, with both sides looking to get one over their domestic rivals as they look towards progressing to the knock-out stage of the competition.

With many exciting matches on offer over the next month, all residents without Covid symptoms are encouraged to #TestandGo by taking up the offer of free, regular, rapid coronavirus testing. People are asked to get a rapid test before meeting up with friends and family and visiting places like pubs, shops, hairdressers and restaurants.

By getting tested, residents can tighten up Lancashire’s defence against the Delta variant, helping keep everyone’s friends, family and the local community safe.

For more information on how you can get a free, rapid test visit: www.lancashire.gov.uk/coronavirus/testing/testing-for-people-without-symptoms/?page=3

The push on rapid testing comes alongside PCR surge testing that is currently happening in Lancashire as part of a strengthened support package from the Government in response to rising cases of the Delta variant. This means that everyone in Lancashire can now access free, asymptomatic PCR testing, with everyone encouraged to take up the offer whether you have symptoms or not.

The County Council is also urging residents to exercise caution when making plans to mix with people outside their household. It’s always safer to meet outdoors but if you are meeting indoors for games, make sure you open a window as good ventilation helps blow virus particles away. It’s also important that everyone watching continues to follow the basic guidance including social distancing and keeping hands sanitised.

Cllr Michael Green, Lancashire County Councillor’s cabinet member for health and wellbeing, said: “Like so many of you, I will be rooting for England to go all the way during the Euros. Hopefully we will have many exciting moments like the victory over Croatia at the weekend, but we must not take our eye off the ball.

“Testing negative before you watch the match with others is one way you can enjoy the game, knowing you’ve done your bit for the team. If you do test positive, you can then take the steps to isolate and avoid scoring an own goal of passing the virus on to your friends and family.”

Dr Sakthi Karunanithi, Director of Public Health for Lancashire County Council, said: “Cases of Covid-19 are rising fast and spreading throughout the county. That’s why we must take every precaution when we socialise with others – whether that’s going to the pub, visiting a friend’s house or going to an outdoor event – to ensure it is done so in a safe manner.

“Testing and improving vaccination uptake across Lancashire are the biggest things people can do to help manage the current situation. We want everyone to enjoy themselves during the Euros, but we need everybody to be playing for the same side and using their Covid sense when socialising. That means wearing masks when you’re moving around in a pub, sanitising your hands regularly and keeping your distance from others.

“We have to learn to live with this virus and work together to manage this new wave of infections. The last thing we want is more local restrictions forced upon us and through collective action, we can avoid that. We hope you all have a great month, no matter which team you will be rooting for and most importantly, we hope everyone stays safe.”

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