RESIDENTS and businesses across Northwich are being urged to step up to protect lives and livelihoods as the battle against coronavirus goes on.

New rules for face coverings came into effect today, August 8, meaning they are now mandatory in more places than before.

Cheshire West’s top public health officer is appealing with the public to wear them, amid concerns following a number of coronavirus outbreaks across the borough.

Ian Ashworth, director of public health at Cheshire West and Chester Council said: “Unless you are exempt, it is so important people protect themselves and others by wearing a face covering, keeping a distance of two metres and regularly washing your hands.

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“We have seen people incorrectly wearing face coverings so they must cover your nose and mouth, you should only handle your mask with clean hands.

“We want to prevent local lockdowns and protect frontline services who will need to deal with illness as a result of Covid-19.

“We really need people to support us by doing everything they can to help keep our families, friends and communities safe."

Meanwhile, the council’s leader is also appealing to hospitality businesses to make sure they are taking contact details for NHS Test and Trace, as some have so far failed to be stringent.

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Cllr Louise Gittins, CWAC leader

Business owners may be asked for their customers’ contact details by the service if someone who tests positive has visited their premises.

Cllr Louise Gittins said: “Many pubs and restaurants are gathering this information and it is really important that all hospitality venues in the borough do the same.

“Residents have told the council they feel safer and more confident visiting a pub or restaurant if it is Covid-secure.

“Residents are also reporting venues where they do not feel safe to the council.

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“A Covid-secure business will attract more customers, while also playing a part in protecting lives and livelihoods.”

Protect yourself and your family and friends by getting a coronavirus test if you feel ill or have symptoms – a high temperature, a new and continuous cough, or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste.

To get tested, call 119 or visit, and self-isolate for 10 days if you have symptoms or 14 days if alerted to do so by a contact tracer.