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With a significant rise in the number of cases over the past week in the North East, it is essential that we all do what we can to keep this virus under control. The measures outlined by the Health Secretary today were determined in conjunction with the seven North East local authorities involved to act as a preventative measure to stop the rise in cases from continuing.
County Durham has performed exceptionally well throughout the pandemic, which says so much about how local residents have got on board with the COVID secure measures and played their part in helping keep our community safe. However, there has been a significant rise in local cases over the past two weeks so it is right that we take action now to prevent this from getting worse. Our priority must be to protect the vulnerable and ensure our local NHS services are not overwhelmed.
From Friday morning (18/09/2020) the following rules will apply:
- You can only mix with members of your own household or support bubble – (this applies both in private and public venues)
- Take holidays only within your own household or support bubble
- Hospitality and leisure settings to be closed from 10pm - 5am (and you can only attend with members of your own household or support bubble)
- Only essential visits can be made to care homes
- Public transport is strongly advised to be avoided at peak times except for essential journeys
- Members of the public are advised not to attend sporting events
I will be monitoring the situation closely, including reviewing the local data very carefully to lobby for areas where there is not a rise in cases to be released from these measures as soon as possible and I raised this with the Health Secretary in the house today.
We can all agree that we want to get back to normal life as soon as possible. Adhering to these new measures will not be easy for any of us, but we came together as a community before and now is the time to do it again to make sure nobody vulnerable is left behind.
My team and I will be available to provide as much support as we can to anyone across Bishop Auckland who needs our help.
As always, if you need any assistance please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Stay safe. We are in this together.