Luton to start relaxing lockdown measures

Gyms and swimming pools in the town will be able to open from today Credit: ITV Anglia

Luton is due to start relaxing lockdown measures from Monday 3 August 2020

The town had to delay opening indoor gyms and swimming pools after a rise in local Covid 19 cases.

From Monday, they will be able to re-open their doors to the public.

The owner of Crossfit Luton told ITV Anglia it's been a tough time for her industry but that members are keen to return.

People are really eager to get rid of that lockdown belly and they're feeling a bit unfit so they're really excited to come back. We have had to set up a wait list to try and get everyone in. We want to make sure everything is as safe as possible so we're testing the waters at the minute, but in terms of members we are looking like we will gain more than we lost.

Natasha Hughes, Crossfit Luton

The town has now been removed as an area of intervention after it last week agreed with the government to pause further relaxation of lockdown measures.

Those who have been shielding have been asked to continue to do so until 17 August, but with slightly changed guidelines.

All those on the shielding list would have received a letter from the government with details. The council is also following up with individual phone calls.

The council say they have been working to contain the virus and that it's success is why Luton is no longer considered in need of intervention.

They are encouraging everyone in the town to be tested for Covid-19, even if they don't have symptoms, so that they can understand where the virus is and how it is transmitted.

Luton's Director of Public Health Gerry Taylor said:

"I would like to thank Luton's residents for playing their part and coming forward to get tested.  This announcement from the government gives assurance that we are doing the right things to control the virus locally.

"However, we must remain cautious and will be keeping additional local guidance in place until we receive the results from the increased testing this week so we can assess the full impact and level of community transmission.

"We are therefore still advising residents to follow the current local guidelines to protect Luton and to safeguard families. These local guidelines will be reviewed on a weekly basis.

The local guidance is:

Keep a two metre distance from people from outside of your household at all times

Wash hands regularly

Wear a face covering in all enclosed public spaces where it is difficult to keep 2 metres apart

Do not make social visits to other people's homes or private gardens - if meeting up with others socially, do so outside in an open space or park.

Do not to meet in large groups - groups should not exceed a maximum of six people (unless they live in the same house)

Cllr Khtija Malik, portfolio holder for public health, said:

This is such a fast moving situation with the national restrictions and local guidance changing regularly. I know that can be both frustrating and at times confusing, but I urge all Luton residents to book a test at as this will help us better understand the level of transmission in the community and control the virus.

Cllr Khtija Malik, Luton Borough Council