The BMA is urging people to keep following the rules on social distancing, mixing and mask wearing over the Easter holiday weekend to protect the progress made during this lockdown and avoid another spike of Covid-19 infections.
Though some of the rules are being relaxed and the numbers of people vaccinated rises steadily, the Association believes it’s crucial the public continue to act with care and recognise the risk that the virus still poses.
Dr Richard Jarvis, co-chair of the BMA Public Health Medicine Committee, said: “After a year of lockdowns it is only natural that people will want to spend time with friends and family as they as they enjoy the Easter holiday period.
“While case rates have fallen, they still remain too high, especially in younger age groups which are yet to be vaccinated, for us to not follow the rules. No one should let down their guard.
“There are still over 4,000 people in hospitals across the UK with Covid and many more suffering from long-Covid, so it’s crucial that we all act with care and do not undermine the progress made during this lockdown and the vaccine rollout.
“Many of us will be desperate to give our loved ones a hug or socialise with friends after such a long time apart, but it is important to remember that we all still need to maintain social distancing when meeting others, even if you yourself have had the vaccine, as you may still unwittingly pass the virus onto somebody else.
“As lockdown is eased, we must not lose focus and so if you do see family and friends this Easter, please stick to the rules to be able to do so safely.”
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