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Leader responds to Government plans to ease COVID-19 lockdown measures in England

Date Published: 24 February 2021
Council Leader Oliver Hemsley

Council Leader Oliver Hemsley has issued the following statement in response to Government plans to ease COVID-19 lockdown measures, which have been in place since January.

“The Prime Minister’s roadmap for easing the current national COVID-19 lockdown measures is extremely welcome news. The roadmap provides residents, businesses and the Council with clarity on the plans over the coming months.

The Prime Minister’s first stage for easing lockdown measures will see the return of school children to their classrooms from Monday 8 March. I know how challenging home-schooling has been for many families and I hope this announcement will be a cause for celebration for both parents and children alike.

There are still a number of weeks ahead of us before lockdown measures end. The Prime Minister set out a four-stage plan, with at least five weeks between each stage. Unlocking of each stage is reliant on cases remaining low and we all have a part to play to ensure we follow the guidance and restrictions to keep transmission as low as possible. I know Rutland residents will continue to do their bit and support one another – as they have done throughout the pandemic.

Vaccination remains part of the solution to a successful easing of lockdown measures. Over 8,000 people in Rutland have been vaccinated, which is a fantastic achievement for Rutland. We must do all we can as a community to support the continued vaccination success.
Individuals should take up the opportunity to be vaccinated when they are contacted, and businesses should support their employees with flexibility and time to take a vaccination appointment wherever possible.

There remains many weeks and months of dedication, commitment and hard work still to be done, but I am hopeful that the future is brighter and we will all be able to meet and celebrate with our friends and loved ones once again."

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