The leader of Stafford Borough Council has called on the community to invoke the spirit of the original lockdown to help beat the virus.
Councillor Patrick Farrington urged residents and businesses to focus on the ‘light at the end of the tunnel’ following the announcement of the new national lockdown.
Stafford Borough had been in Tier 4 level restrictions since New Year's Eve before the Prime Minister’s announcement yesterday (Monday).
Councillor Farrington said: “Even though we have again entered a national lockdown, we do so this time knowing that there is a way out of this pandemic in the form of vaccines that are being rolled out across the country. Now we must invoke the diligence and spirit that got us through the original lockdown – and adhere rigorously to the guidelines as we did back then, focussing on the light at the end of the tunnel, to ensure we will get there safely.
“Our primary concern must be to continue to do everything we can to ensure the safety of our community, protecting our NHS and preventing hospitals being overwhelmed, as well as providing support for the survival of our businesses in the long term.
“We will continue pressing for the financial support for those businesses who are already struggling and will now face even more hardship because of new restrictions. We must continue with our efforts to reduce the spread of this virus but will also be focusing on ensuring our borough hits the ground running so we recover from the impact the pandemic has had on our economy, as well as our health.”
The Borough Council leader said the local authority was a key player in tackling the spread of this virus - for example through work with track and trace, or advice to businesses in following national rules and making sure their premises are covid-secure.
He added: “We have already provided more than £26 million to businesses who have been hardest hit by the pandemic – and they will again have access to dedicated financial support.
“I’d urge our whole community to not let the previous hard work go to waste. Stay at home, continue to follow the basics of washing hands regularly, wear a face covering when required, limit your social contact and self-isolate and get a test if you have Covid-19 symptoms - as well as adhering to all the national lockdown regulations and guidance.”
If residents or businesses require more information on the support available for a range of issues go to the council’s dedicated Covid-19 webpage - www.staffordbc.gov.uk/coronavirus
Press Release No 5717