This is a local coronavirus alert for Ipswich

You are here

Please share this alert with your friends and family today.

If you live or work in Ipswich, it is important that you read this.

The latest testing information shows a large rise in positive coronavirus cases in Ipswich. You must act now to reduce the spread of the coronavirus if we are to avoid the possibility of further restrictions becoming necessary after the national lockdown.

There is evidence that a large number of cases in Ipswich 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 we must do the following to address this increase now.

Stay at home as much as possible, avoiding unnecessary journeys and work from home if you can

You must not leave or be outside of your home except for specific reasons. A specific reason includes:

  • For education
  • For work, if you cannot work from home
  • For exercise and recreation outdoors
  • For medical reasons
  • To shop for food and essentials
  • To provide care for vulnerable people, or as a volunteer
  • To provide childcare

You should minimise time spent outside your home and reduce the number of people you come into contact with. The virus doesn’t move, people move it. The more people you interact with, the higher the chance of spreading coronavirus between households. By staying at home as much as possible we can reduce the number of people we pass the virus to.

‘Hands. Face. Space.’

  • Wash your hands with soap and water regularly and for 20 seconds
  • Wear a face covering in indoor settings where social distancing may be difficult, and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet
  • Stay 2 metres apart from people you do not live with where possible, or 1 metre with extra precautions in place (such as wearing face coverings)

Other things to remember 

  • Do not meet socially indoors or in private gardens with family or friends unless they are part of your household or support bubble. A support bubble is where a household with one adult joins with another household. Households in that support bubble can still visit each other, stay overnight in each other’s households, and visit outdoor public places together.
  • Only exercise or visit a public outdoor space by yourself, with the people in your household, with your support bubble or, when on your own, with 1 person from another household.

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.

When self-isolating:  

  • Do not leave your home
  • Do not allow others into your home
  • Do not go to work
  • Do not send children to school
  • Do not spread the virus.

Financial support is available to help you during a period of self-isolation. This can include a payment of £500 to support you and other financial support. More information about that can be found on the Ipswich Borough Council website: Test and Trace Support Payment

Whether or not you meet the criteria set by Government, there is help available for those facing financial difficulty or needing support. The Suffolk Advice and Support Service helps people across the county access information or support relating to debt, benefits, housing or employment. You can contact the service on 0800 068 3131 between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday or visit Suffolk Advice and Support Service.

If we keep following the guidance, we will reduce the spread of COVID-19. Stick With It Suffolk.

We must act now.