PROTECT each other is the message from the leader of Stratford District Council following the announcement of the third lockdown.
Coun Tony Jefferson has described the latest move by the government to reduce coronavirus cases as hard but necessary.
The new restrictions mean people can only leave their homes for essential reasons and schools have shut for all except children of key workers and vulnerable pupils. Businesses have also been forced to close or remain closed.
It comes after the UK reported a record 58,784 cases on Monday, and a further 407 deaths
Stratford district , the latest figures show 407 cases in 100,000 at the time of reporting – a rise of 160 compared to the previous week.
Council leader Tony Jefferson said: “A new national lockdown for England has been announced to curb the rising number of covid-19 cases across the country. This means a return to the kind of restrictions introduced in March last year – we must all once again stay home, protect the NHS and save lives.
“However, the big difference now, compared to the first lockdown, is the rollout of the covid-19 vaccine and this gives cause for optimism.
“It will be hard, but we have done it before and can do it again. The district council will continue to provide covid assistance with the help of partners and volunteers. I know that Stratford district residents will do their bit by adhering to the latest restrictions and supporting one another – as they have done throughout.
“Another lockdown is not what anyone wanted but we must do what’s needed to protect each other.”
On Tuesday, the government announced additional funding for businesses forced to close once again. The council says it is waiting for more details on this. However, businesses which previously applied for a second national lockdown or Tier 3 or 4 grant will be paid automatically.
Visit www.gov.uk for information on coronavirus financial support.