The Leaders of Cheshire East and Cheshire West Councils have responded to the news that residents in Cheshire will be placed under further restrictions after the county was moved into Tier 3 from Boxing day.
The changes will mean pubs and restaurants will only be able to open to provide a takeaway service, it will also mean the Boxing Day Crewe Alex fixture will now be forced to take place without fans.
In a joint statement, the leaders said:
We are deeply disappointed to see the recent acceleration of rates of infection across Cheshire, and the impact on our local NHS.
Our communities and businesses have played their part in avoiding tier 3 restrictions up to this point and we want to pay tribute to them, and to our local public health teams, for their amazing dedication and commitment.
While we agree that additional restrictions have become necessary, the government’s decision to implement them at this time will have a devastating impact on our hospitality businesses and their employees. We, therefore, call on the government to provide additional support for those affected and the local resources we need to turn this situation around as quickly as possible.
The councils will continue to do all we can to support our communities at this challenging time.
The leader of Chesire East, Cllr Same Corcoran added:
I’d like to thank everyone for their efforts to reduce infections and for the changes and sacrifices people and businesses have made. However, it is clear that we all need to do more to beat the virus and prevent our health and care services being overwhelmed.
Dr Matt Tyrer, Cheshire East director of public health, said:
We have been seeing a worrying increase in infection rates across the borough and neighbouring areas. News of the new variant Covid virus is a real concern.
It is clear that we need to take urgent action to slow the rate of infections to allow local testing and contact tracing and the vaccination programme to work – to slow and ultimately stop the virus.
We know what will work – if we do not get close to other people, the virus can’t spread. Hand, face space has never been more important.
You can full the full list of restrictions via the government website.