By working together as a town we can prevent outbreaks from happening. We can save lives and jobs, and return to normal as soon as it’s safe to.

There are five strands to our prevention approach.

1. Communications

We will continue to remind people of the COVID-19 risk and explain how they can help themselves and others. The theme of our communications plan is ‘Do it for Middlesbrough’.

We will share data that explains the risk. We will reassure people of the measures that are in place. We will remind people of their responsibility. We will add local meaning to the NHS Test and Trace campaign and target messaging to our vulnerable communities. We must understand and respond to barriers that stop people from playing their part.

2. Engagement

We will listen to our community to ensure the action we take and the messages we use are effective. This will include the use of a temperature screening programme in areas used by lots of people. The screening programme aims to promote awareness of COVID-19. We will also promote what people can do to prevent the spread of infection in the event of an outbreak. Prevention will be communicated as being vital to Middlesbrough’s economic recovery.

This is particularly important in Middlesbrough, given the historical low uptake of screening programmes among some communities.

3. Targeted work with complex settings

Places such as care homes and schools already receive support on infection control. The Council and NHS partners work with them on health and safety, PPE and welfare. We’re creating template risk assessments for any settings that are deemed high risk. The risk assessments will describe the measures they can take to keep infections to a minimum.

4. Promoting testing for residents with symptoms

We will encourage people to be tested for COVID-19 so we can prevent infection from being passed on. We’ll make it easier for people to be tested by using Mobile Testing Units around the town.

5. Enforcement

As a last resort, we will consider the use of enforcement powers to prevent the spread of infection. This would only happen where other prevention measures have failed.