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Brighton & Hove Council launches Covid-19 ‘escalation tool’ with young people’s safety in mind

Published on 17th September 2020 at 09:46.

Brighton & Hove City Council has asked us to circulate information about their new ‘escalation framework’, which has just been introduced to keep everyone updated on the current rate of confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the city, including how we can help to prevent the spread of infection.

The framework uses a traffic light system from green to yellow, amber and red.

Starting this week, the city’s status will be updated weekly on the new Current Alert Level and Guidance page. Groups and settings that are particularly affected will also be highlighted, so people can make extra efforts to reduce their risk.   

Brighton & Hove City Council’s Director of Public Health, Alistair Hill, said:

“The recent increase has been greatest amongst young people, particularly those aged 16-24. This isn’t a ‘blame game’, this group of people have had a really unsettling time over the past six months but, we do think that most 16-24 year olds who have caught the virus did so when they were visiting friends’ houses and at parties. 

“It’s really important everyone plays their part and follows the guidance to reduce the risk of passing on Covid to others.

“We are renowned in Brighton & Hove for our care for one another and I know this includes young people. Please, everyone, make sure you continue to wash your hands regularly, wear face coverings where advised, maintain a safe distance, limit contact between households and follow the ‘rule of six’”.

At present, Officers from both Brighton SU and Sussex SU are meeting weekly with Public Health England South East contacts to ensure that citywide communications on cases of Covid-19, along with latest updates and restrictions, are effectively publicised to students, who make up a large proportion of our city’s population.