HEALTH chiefs across the county have thanked residents for supporting key workers, but have encouraged people to continue to do this safely from their homes.

Bosses have said that the weekly Clap For Carers, at 8pm on a Thursday evenings, is much appreciated but added it was something that everyone could do safetly from their doorsteps, windows or balconies.

Professor John Howarth who has led the NHS fight against the Coronavirus in north Cumbria said: "The public support has made a huge difference to our staff, and we are extremely grateful.”

“If you want to show your support for the NHS we urge you to join the weekly clap from your own doorstep and share the experience with your closest neighbours.

"We appreciate all the warm, colourful and loud gestures of support for our key workers, but it is important that people don’t make unnecessary journeys to show support.”

The public can best support the NHS and other key workers by:

• Social distancing – stay two metres apart;

• Don’t make unnecessary journeys;

• Act like you’ve got it - anyone can catch it, anyone can spread it;

• Wash your hands regularly especially when coming back into the house or after touching surfaces;

• Still contact the NHS if you need help - the NHS is still here for you if you need them.

They are keen that people don’t ignore symptoms that could be a stroke, heart problem or cancer.

Professor Howarth added: “I would also urge people to continue to stay two metres away from others when they go about essential activities."