We are entering a new national lockdown.
The Prime Minister announced strict new measures to protect the NHS from the new, highly transmissible coronavirus strain – and the restrictions look set to last till mid-February.
Here’s reaction from City of York Council.
Councillor Keith Aspden, leader of the council said:
“In recent weeks across the country, including here in York, there has been an alarming increase in the number of positive cases.
“Of course this isn’t the start to 2021 any of us wanted, but with this concerning trend, it is vital that we all follow the new national restrictions.
“As we have done since the very beginning of this pandemic, the Council will continue to do all we can to make sure residents, businesses and communities are supported through this difficult time.
“We will also continue to make the case to Government for increased financial support, both to local businesses and households on low incomes.
“This is a tough period for us all, but please look after each other and check in on friends, families and neighbours. With the vaccine roll out, there is hope on the horizon, but we need to pull through this once again.”
Sharon Stoltz, York’s director of public health, said:
“None of us want to see further restrictions on our lives, but it is crucial that we stop the spread of the virus as the vaccine is rolled out. Everyone has sacrificed so much to look after each other, collectively we must go again.
“As well as looking after our physical health by practicing hands, face, space, we must also look after our mental health too. Anyone needing support can call our helpline and I would encourage those that can to exercise.
“Getting exercise, ideally in the fresh air, can make a real difference to your physical and emotional health and will help make the next month more bearable.”
Anyone affected by coronavirus and who has no other sources of help, can telephone: 01904 551550 or email: [email protected]