Winter lockdown begins
Today (4 January), the PM announced a national lockdown with immediate effect.
You should not leave your home unless it is for one of the following reasons:
- shop for basic necessities, for you or a vulnerable person
- go to work, or provide voluntary or charitable services, if you cannot reasonably do so from home
- exercise with your household (or support bubble) or one other person, this should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area.
- meet your support bubble or childcare bubble where necessary, but only if you are legally permitted to form one
- seek medical assistance or avoid injury, illness or risk of harm (including domestic abuse)
- attend education or childcare - for those eligible
Leader of the council, Cllr Tony Kingsbury, said:
It is desperately disappointing that a new national lockdown has been announced. The vast majority of us have worked so hard, made so many sacrifices, and done everything we can to stop the spread of this dreadful disease. It's a bitter pill to swallow.
Sadly, however, it has become clear that our hospitals are now facing something very different to their usual winter pressures. Without this drastic action, the demands on the NHS will become intolerable. We need to make sure that everyone who needs urgent treatment can get the help they need, whether that is for Covid-19, a stroke, a heart attack, a long term condition that's getting worse, or any other reason for which hospital care could be the difference between life and death.
This is going to be an incredibly tough few weeks for all of us - but there is an end in sight. Things will get better, and should do quickly once the rollout of the vaccine begins in earnest. In the meantime, we must show all the spirit, sacrifice and determination we showed last Spring to get through this, together.
So please, look out for each other, ask for help if you need it, and remember that everyone will be dealing with this in different ways. But most of all, stick to the rules, however much you dislike them. It's the only way out of this lockdown, and the only way to protect our NHS.
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Check what lockdown means to you here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/national-lockdown-stay-at-home