There has been a large rise in positive coronavirus cases on the Moreton Hall Estate, in Bury St Edmunds.
It’s prompted officials to tell residents to help reduce the spread of the virus to avoid the possibility of further restrictions becoming necessary.
There is evidence that a large number of cases in Moreton Hall involve household transmission, especially where people are visiting friends and family.
People in Suffolk have been good at following the guidance to keep infection rates down, but residents must do the following to address this increase now.
Limit the number of people within your home to no more than six people at any one time, unless covered by an exemption.
Avoid meeting with several different groups of people over a short period of time. The more people you interact with, the higher the chance of spreading the coronavirus between households.
You must stay a minimum of 2 meters apart from people who do not live in your household, including members of your extended family or close friends. It is difficult, but do not hug, kiss or touch others. Maintaining your distance will stop the virus from spreading.
Do not share drinking or eating utensils with those outside your household.
Meet outside or virtually if possible – or keep doors and windows open to increase the flow of fresh air throughout your home.
Wash your hands with soap and water regularly and keep shared surfaces clean – before and after people visit.
Please do not assume that you are safe if you, or people in your household, are not exhibiting any clear symptoms
People who catch coronavirus may have either very mild symptoms, or no symptoms at all. This means you could have the virus without knowing it, and pass it on to someone who could become very seriously ill or even die.
If you, or any member of your household exhibits any symptoms or you become aware of someone who has visited your household recently who has tested positive or is exhibiting symptoms, the whole household must self-isolate for 14 days and call the NHS to arrange for a test immediately.
The Suffolk Advice and Support Service phoneline offers free support and advice to anyone in the county facing financial hardship – call 0800 068 3131.