Some places (settings) have a higher than average risk of COVID-19 outbreaks.
This could be because:
- the people that live in, work in, or use these settings are vulnerable
- social distancing is hard or not possible
- the support available to the setting is not yet sufficient
- the risk assessment is not yet good enough
- the actions to reduce outbreaks have not been checked or monitored
We have assessed all settings in Middlesbrough as high to low risk using the criteria above.
The risk in schools, care homes, and local shops has been reduced by the measures we have taken.
Action for care homes and schools are described in other sections of our plan.
All shops in the town centre have taken appropriate action to prevent COVID-19, including increasing space to allow social distancing.
The Operational Response Team will work with any settings deemed high risk to prevent outbreaks and build public confidence.
Following the increase in cases from January 2021, priority was given by the Council to contacting positive cases where employment information was provided in their NHS Test and Trace information.
Analysis of the cases during this period identified occupations which could not be delivered through home working such as:
- Food retailers/supermarkets
- Call centres
Outbreaks have been recorded in the following types of high-risk settings across the region, where our residents are employed:
- Food factories
- Call Centres
- Engineering and fabrication plants
- Government offices
- Educational establishments
- Houses of Multiple Occupation
To date over 4,000 Covid-19 cases have been contacted by the Council. The intelligence collected from enhanced contact tracing helped us identify any improvements to practices which may be required.
The roadmap out of lockdown
The government’s roadmap out of lockdown provides a series of key dates for businesses and workplaces. The road map sets out a phased reopening of society.
The Council has a plan of business support for each milestone in the roadmap.
The following settings will be prioritised for support, as directed by a risk matrix and experience of dealing with COVID-19 to date:
- Close contact services
- Licensed premises including restaurants and cafes
- Gym and Leisure facilities
- Shared housing
- Large scale events
- Sporting events and stadia
For each milestone of the Roadmap we will:
- Issue clear communication to advise of legal requirements and access to the guidance
- Carry out proactive inspections prior to businesses opening
- Continue to visit and offer support
- Respond to complaints
Case contacting will continue throughout the next phase of the pandemic. Intelligence regarding regulatory non-compliance, high risk settings, clusters of cases and outbreaks will allow us to update the risk matrix accordingly.