Staffordshire’s upgrade into High Alert coronavirus restrictions ‘was to be expected’, according to a council leader.
The county will move into Tier 2 from 12.01am tomorrow (31st) following a rise in cases in the last few weeks, meaning families will no longer be able to mix with other households anywhere indoors.
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.
And now the councillor is urging residents in Cannock to ‘play their part’ to ensure the county can return to Tier 1 soon.
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 Tier 1 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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Latest statistics show that, weekly case rates in Cannock Chase stand at 275 people per 100,000.
In other parts of Staffordshire, the rates are as follows:
- In South Staffordshire, weekly case rates stand at 289 people per 100,000.
- In Newcastle-Under-Lyme, weekly case rates stand at 263 people per 100,000.
- In Staffordshire Moorlands, weekly case rates stand at 219 people per 100,000.
- In Stafford, weekly case rates stand at 202 people per 100,000.
- In East Staffordshire, weekly case rates stand at 199 people per 100,000.
- In Lichfield, weekly case rates stand at 195 people per 100,000.
- In Tamworth, weekly case rates stand at 181 people per 100,000.