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Cornwall Council 'left in the dark' over local lockdown

Cornwall Council 'left in the dark' over local lockdown

Published by Helen Down at 1:00am 6th June 2020. (Updated at 9:47am 6th June 2020)

The leader of Cornwall Council says the Government has left it in the dark about how it will enforce local lockdowns which might be needed to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Julian German said that while the Government has said local councils will have to co-ordinate any response to spikes in the community, they have not been given any guidance or extra powers to enforce any local lockdown which might be required.

The test and trace system went live last week with anyone who tests positive for Covid-19 having to provide details of others they have come into contact with so they can self-isolate and stop the spread of the virus.

Eventually the scheme will be used to identify local hotspots and outbreaks which may require localised lockdown to prevent spread.

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"Cornwall Council is ready to play its part in making the scheme a success but I remain deeply concerned about the lack of guidance of how the scheme will work in real terms.

"We can’t co-ordinate these activities if we are left in the dark. Whatever the local area is, how do we curb their freedoms - whether that is us or the police.

"How do we safely and effectively isolate a community? How will that work in practice and how can we enforce lockdown without the powers to do so?"

Cornwall Council Leader Julian German

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