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Leader responds to government plans for new national lockdown

Date Published: 01 November 2020
Council Leader Oliver Hemsley.

Council Leader Oliver Hemsley has issued the following statement after the UK government announced plans for a new national lockdown across England from Thursday 5 November. 

 “Saturday’s announcement will be a bitter pill to swallow for many. After leaving the first national lockdown behind, people in Rutland have shown a real willingness to knuckle down and follow the rules to keep our numbers as low as possible. I also feel the pain of local businesses, who have worked incredibly hard to get back on their feet after reopening with COVID-secure measures in place. 

“We still don’t have all the details. We are waiting on further information from the government and a decision by parliament on Wednesday. All we can do now is stay strong, continue to follow the rules and work together to get the virus back under control.

“Just like the first lockdown, it’s really important that people know help is available whenever they need it. We have pulled in staff and resources from right across the council to make sure we can respond to changes like this and continue to support our local communities. If you need assistance, or know someone else who does, please let us know.”

Further information

You can read more about the government’s plans for a new national lockdown across England and what this means for you, on the GOV.UK website.

Get help and support

Rutland County Council offers help and support to people facing hardship due to the impact of COVID-19. This includes: 

  • Financial support
  • Housing support
  • Help with food
  • Assistance for people who are clinically vulnerable
  • Mental health support

Further info can be found on our COVID-19 support page.

If you need help or support because of COVID-19 you can also contact our Crisis Helpline by calling: 01572 729 603.

The Crisis Helpline can be contacted from 9.00am to 5.00pm Monday to Thursday, and 9.00am to 4.30pm on Friday

The Council also has a dedicated emergency number that can be contacted outside of these hours: 01858 464 499.


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