BARNSLEY Council members have pledged their support to a plan which could help to prevent, detect and, reduce the impact of Covid-19.

The Outbreak Control Plan (OCP) was approved in yesterday’s (Wednesday, July 8) full cabinet meeting.

The plan was created last month and focuses on seven key themes including care homes and schools, local testing capacity, supporting vulnerable people to get help, and integrating national and local data.

It will also help to identify and suppress possible outbreaks before they gain momentum which will help protect the public’s health.

Alongside the OCP, an engagement board was introduced which will oversee plans made through the OCP and will help engage communities with the plans.

Barnsley council leader, Coun Sir Steve Houghton, said: “I want to reassure the people of Barnsley that your council, and partners, continue to do all we can to keep you and your loved ones as safe as possible.

“As we move to our new future, we must continue to follow the critical public health advice – maintaining social distancing, washing our hands thoroughly and regularly, and using face coverings in indoor spaces outside the home, or where social distancing isn’t possible.”