Cheshire East Council has reiterated its support for the areas most vulnerable as the country gets to grips with the new national lockdown.
The new lockdown measures were confirmed on Monday evening when the Prime Minister addressed the nation live.
Sam Corcoran, leader of Cheshire East Council, said:
It is very regrettable to have to go into a third national lockdown but it is clear that additional measures are needed to tackle the rise in new variant Covid-19 cases, protect vulnerable residents, prevent hospitals being overwhelmed and to save lives.
I also welcome the removal of uncertainty around the opening of schools – which will now remain closed, except for vulnerable children and children of key workers.
I would like to reassure our residents that we have been preparing for this lockdown and have had plans in place at every stage of the government’s changes in restrictions – to ensure support for our vulnerable residents, communities and businesses. I can assure you we will do whatever it takes to get through this.
Dr Matt Tyrer, Cheshire East Council’s director of public health, said:
We are now seeing infection rates in Cheshire East of more than 350 cases per 100,000 people in the latest seven days. This is a significant increase on the numbers we saw just a few days ago when we moved to tier 4 and is evidence that new restrictions are necessary.
We have heard this week that a second vaccine has been approved for use in the UK and vaccinations are now taking place across the borough. This is great news, but our optimism must be tempered by a resolve to stick to the basics – don’t forget ‘hands, face, space’ and make sure that, if you have symptoms, you self-isolate and get a test.
Visit: www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/covid19 for more information about support, advice and guidance for businesses and individuals, including those who need financial help, or who need additional support because they are shielding.
For more information about the national lockdown restrictions visit: www.gov.uk/guidance/national-lockdown-stay-at-home