The Government has confirmed that Essex will move to the high COVID alert level at midnight on Friday 16 October.
Clear recognition of the severity of the situation
Cllr David Finch, Leader of Essex County Council said:
We welcome the government’s announcement today regarding Essex moving to the high COVID alert level, which is clear recognition of the severity of the situation we find ourselves in as a county, and indeed across many parts of the country.
We think the government has decided correctly and been guided by the science. The fact is that the number of cases in Essex is rising exponentially.
We understand that the move to the high COVID alert level may affect people’s lives and businesses and we understand the very strong feelings about this. However, we have a duty of care to the people of Essex, and we firmly believe that this is the best route to minimise disruptions, to save lives – not just for those with the virus, but for other patients as well – and to protect businesses.
More information is available on the GOV.UK website around specific restrictions which apply to the high alert level.
These are difficult times for individuals, businesses and communities, but I know that as a county we will come together to support and protect one another – as we have done previously – and that acting sooner rather than later to curb the spread of COVID-19 is the right thing to do.
Get the virus back under control
Councillor Chris Whitbread, Leader of Epping Forest District Council said:
These are tough times for everyone. Now, as never before, we need to pull together and support each other as a community. Working through this together, we will get the virus back under control and get back on with our lives.
The basic weapons in the war against Covid have not changed – follow the Hands, Face, Space advice. Wash your hands frequently, cover your face as much as you can, especially in public places, and try to maintain your distance.
On top of that, try to minimise your travel. Work from home if you can. Try to walk or cycle where possible. Use public transport at less busy times when passengers can spread out. Continue to support our local high streets. Use our local shops but follow the precautions. If we all do this as well as the new ‘high’ level restrictions, we will protect each other, the growth of the virus will slow and ultimately less people will be admitted to our hospitals.
It’s up to all of us, help each other, protect our loved-ones and defeat this virus.
What does this mean?
- No household mixing indoors – this includes at home or in hospitality venues
- Different households can meet outdoors in public spaces but must stick to the ‘Rule of 6’
- 10pm curfews will remain in place for all pubs and restaurants
- Remember hands, face and space
- Reduce travel where you can
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