The announcement that Staffordshire will move from the lowest Covid-19 restrictions of Tier 1 and Medium, to Tier 2 and High from 00.01 on Saturday 31 October was “to be expected”, says the Leader of Cannock Chase Council.
Councillor George Adamson gave his name to a joint letter with Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Health, Care and Wellbeing Dr Johnny McMahon delivered to all households last week urging residents to follow the Covid-19 rules.
But with the latest number of Coronavirus cases in the District now over 300 per 100,000, Government has decided to act. The District has a population of just over 100,000 people.
Councillor Adamson said: “Unfortunately we have seen a rapid rise in cases in the District from 22 cases just a matter of weeks ago, and worryingly the cases are being seen across the community in a variety of settings and increasingly across households.
“Moving to Tier 2 and High is designed to try and put a brake on household transmission as households will no longer be able to mix indoors.
“However, I want to assure residents that the Council will continue to be there to serve residents as best as it can during the Covid situation and will be operating as `business as usual`.
“Officers needing to visit residents at their home or visiting local businesses and other premises are following national guidelines including wearing face coverings, maintaining distance and using hand sanitiser, as appropriate.
“Like all of us, I genuinely hope the Tier 2 extra restrictions won’t last long and we can return to Tier1 and Medium soon, but to achieve this will require a real team effort from everyone to play their part, by strictly following the Covid-19 rules and the hands, face, space guidance”.
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Leader of Cannock Chase Council, Councillor George Adamson, at the Cannock Covid-19 testing site on Beecroft Road.