Issued on behalf of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Local Resilience Forum - Be a #StayatHomeHero this Easter weekend

Partner organisations across the region are urging Hampshire, Southampton, Portsmouth and Isle of Wight residents to continue adhering to the Government’s direction to stay at home and help prevent the spread of Coronavirus this Easter Bank Holiday weekend

Apr 9 2020

Simon Bryant, Director of Public Health for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, said: “I appreciate this is a special holiday weekend, with many people unable to meet with family and friends as they had planned, whether to celebrate Easter or any of the other religious festivals at this time, and with good weather expected, there will be the temptation to venture out to our region’s favourite outdoor spots - but this must be avoided.
“The Coronavirus can affect any of us, at any time – no-one is immune, and the consequences can be extremely serious. We need to slow its spread.
“So, please don’t travel unnecessarily – stay at home, stay safe and protect your friends and loved ones – all our favourite places will be waiting for us once it is safe to travel again.”
 
Remember:
• You could spread the virus before symptoms show
• If you must go out for essential food, medication or to exercise, stay two metres (six feet) away from other people at all times
• Wash your hands frequently throughout the day
 
Supporting the call for the public to stay at home this Bank Holiday weekend, Assistant Chief Constable Scott Chilton from Hampshire Constabulary said: “Our priority is to save lives and protect the NHS.  We all need to do what we can this Easter to prevent the spread of infection and keep our loved ones safe.
“As you would expect, our officers will be out this weekend engaging with our communities, explaining what is required and encouraging people to comply. The use of enforcement powers is a last resort, but we will use them if we have to.
“The vast majority of people understand how important it is to stay at home unless absolutely necessary, and we will be out over the Bank Holiday to ensure that happens.”
 
Assistant Director of Coastal Operations for HM Coastguard Pete Mizen said: “We hope everyone enjoys their Easter, but not at the expense of our frontline responders.  Each time our teams are called to incidents which shouldn’t be happening during lockdown, such as yachts running aground or pleasure boats breaking down, they’re being put at risk of Covid-19.
“So, enjoy the sunshine this long weekend, but please follow the Government guidance and remember that by staying home, you’re saving lives.”
 
There are lots of ways to enjoy this Bank Holiday weekend at home. Why not try:
• Bringing your family or friends together, perhaps over a virtual Easter lunch, linking up online, via a video chat app
• Checking with your local place of worship to see if they are offering services online;
• Baking your own hot cross buns – try this recipe from Hampshire County Council’s Catering Service HC3S
• Checking out one of the thousands of e-books and audio books for children and adults, as well as other resources at www.hants.gov.uk/always-open-online
• Looking into Hampshire’s past courtesy of Wessex’s Film and Sound Archive’s 100 days of film project – www.youtube.com/user/WessexFilmArchive - a fantastic, free collection of local film footage, revealing how residents lived their lives across the last century.
 
Share your ideas for the perfect Easter at home on social medial with the hashtag #StayatHomeHero