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Do the right thing during lockdown

Press Release: 03/11/2020

TAMESIDE residents are being urged to do the right thing during lockdown to give the borough the best chance of getting back to normal more quickly.
Tameside Council Executive Leader Cllr Brenda Warrington has called on the community to comply “wholeheartedly” with the new restrictions to do their bit to drive covid rates down, save lives and help the borough come out of the other side of lockdown at a lower tier level where possible.
She said: “I believe we have all felt covid move closer to home over the past few weeks – nearly everyone in Tameside will now know someone within their close circle of friends and family who has had it or who has had to isolate because they have been a close contact. This alone should be making everyone more cautious about what they do and who they come into contact with.
“None of us wanted to live through another lockdown but this is the only way we are going to drive covid rates down and protect ourselves and eachother. I urge each and every one of you to do your bit to wholeheartedly comply with the spirit of this lockdown. It has been said we should be asking not ‘what can I do’ but ‘what should I do’ to do the right thing and I totally agree with this concept – it is not just complying with rules for the sake of it, it is because by complying you are making a real difference to the local rates and people’s lives.
“While mental health is important – and I urge everyone to take up opportunities where they can to exercise outdoors and connect with others safely such as online or on the phone – we should all now be looking to stay at home and limit face to face contact with others wherever possible to thwart opportunities for this virus to pass from household to household.
“It is not going to be easy but Tameside is a strong and resilient community and we can get through this together. The more we can drive rates down locally – the easier the restrictions will be when lockdown ends. Government will be looking at local rates at the end of lockdown and moving areas to tiers accordingly so this is our opportunity to influence what our local restrictions will be in the run up to Christmas.
“Please everyone play your part, help save lives and help us get to a more normal way of life as quickly as it is safe to do so.”
The new national Government lockdown restrictions include:
1.       Requiring people to stay at home, except for specific purposes such as education, work (where you cannot work from home), healthcare, shopping for essential items and outdoor exercise.
2.       Preventing gathering with people you do not live with or who are not part of your support bubble. However you are permitted to exercise with or visit an outdoor public space such as a park or the countryside with one person from outside your household.
3.       Closing certain businesses and venues.
People should minimise time spent outside their home and when around other people ensure that they are two metres apart from anyone not in their household or support bubble.
Remember - ‘Hands. Face. Space’:
  • hands – wash your hands regularly and for 20 seconds
  • face – wear a face covering in indoor settings where social distancing may be difficult, and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet
  • space – stay 2 metres apart from people you do not live with where possible, or 1 metre with extra precautions in place (such as wearing face coverings or increasing ventilation indoors)
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