Following a recent increase in COVID-19 cases in Redditch, Rachel is reassuring residents that “Redditch is still open for business” and is encouraging residents to continue supporting local businesses.

Rachel held a meeting with Worcestershire Public Health officials on Tuesday (August 25th) after 25 COVID-19 cases were confirmed in the last seven days. The situation has been contained and everyone who tested positive is self-isolating.

16 of the new cases were linked to five households who had all gathered at a family gathering. Each family has been contacted by NHS Test and Trace to gather further information. Test and Trace is contacting anyone who these families may have come into contact with and will be asking them to isolate too.

Public Health officials do not believe there is a link to any known wider outbreaks in the town. These cases are not linked to a workplace or community venue.

“I completely understand that this increase in cases caused alarm and worry locally,” Rachel said.

“However, I hope the community is now reassured that the situation has been contained and that we’re not heading for any sort of local lockdown.

On Wednesday (August 26th), Rachel was joined by Councillor Matt Dormer, Leader of Redditch Borough Council, on a series of visits across the town. This included lunch at The Duck Inn to make the most of the Eat Out to Help Out scheme. The pub has successfully re-opened under new licensee Vicki Gaffey.

“Redditch is still open for business,” Rachel added.

“I hope residents will continue supporting our town’s small and independent businesses as they have been doing since they were allowed to re-open, especially this Bank Holiday weekend. Let’s enjoy it safely by following the social distancing rules.

“As long as we all continue to wash our hands regularly, wear a face covering in enclosed spaces and stay at least a metre away from people not in your household, then we can keep this virus under control and enjoy some more normality in our lives.”