Leader urges let's pull together by staying apart

Residents are being urged to 'pull together, by staying apart' in a bid to reduce Covid-19 infections and help save lives.

The Prime Minister announced a new national lockdown for England on Monday (4 January). It means people must stay at home and only leave for certain reasons including to get food and essentials and for exercise once a day. All non-essential retail, gyms and leisure centres must also close but click and collect and takeaway services are still available.

The move was in response to rising Covid-19 infection rates across the country which is leading to increased hospital admissions, deaths and risks the NHS becoming overwhelmed. Wychavon is no different and has seen infection rates soar from 82 per 100,000 at the start of December 2020 to 284 per 100,000 as of 3 January 2021.

Cllr Bradley Thomas, Leader of Wychavon District Council, has now called for residents to follow the new restrictions to help pull the district through until spring when it is hoped the national vaccination programme will allow a return to some normality.

Cllr Thomas said: "I know it's tough being separated from loved ones and it is devastating for businesses forced to close but if we don't get back on top of this virus there is a very real risk our NHS is overwhelmed, we can't rebuild our economy and normality will slip further away.

"The vaccine rollout has started in this area and we will see it ramped up over the coming weeks. Hope is definitely on the horizon we just have to hold on.

"But we can only get there if all of us take action to protect each other. This means we must follow the rules, wash our hands, wear face coverings correctly and keep 2 metres apart from others when we do go outside. We can do this if we all pull together, by sadly staying apart, for just a little while longer."

Free parking in all Wychavon pay and display car parks will remain in place until further notice to help people shop for essentials and support the vulnerable. On-street parking restrictions still apply and are being enforced.

More information on the support available to residents during this latest national lockdown and the impact on services is available at www.wychavon.gov.uk/coronavirus 

Cllr Bradley Thomas, Leader of Wychavon District Council
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