'LOCKDOWN might be easing, but don't go easy on the virus' is the advice from public health officials ahead of 'super Saturday'.

Pubs are allowed to reopen from Saturday, July 4, and Oxfordshire's director of public health, Ansaf Azhar has appealed for caution and safety.

The county's public health team has been working with Public Health England and the NHS to deal prepare for local outbreaks of coronavirus.

But the council has said people living in Oxfordshire have a 'vital role' to play in preventing local increases in infection, with the aim of avoiding a second wave.

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Mr Azhar said: “Everyone in Oxfordshire has worked extremely hard to bring the number of cases Oxfordshire down, but the threat from the virus is far from over and we must not let our guard down. We must not now undo all this hard work.

“Every single one of us is responsible for preventing local outbreaks and keeping Oxfordshire safe. Our safety is literally in our own hands. "All of that good, simple advice that we’ve been given... still applies: wash your hands regularly, keep your distance, avoid busy gatherings and stay alert."

“Lockdown may be easing but the advice is clear: don’t go easy on the virus. If any of us as individuals do go easy on the virus it will not go easy on us in return. We are still at national alert level 3, which means the virus is still out there. Everybody should remember that."