Protect the most vulnerable – council leader calls for community response as national restrictions implemented

People, Health and Care
09:02, Thursday, 5th November 2020

Residents across North Lincolnshire are being urged to support family, friends and neighbours through the coming four weeks.

New national restrictions came into force from midnight (00:01) on Thursday 5 November 2020. For guidance on what these mean for residents and businesses in North Lincolnshire visit our website, where you will also find answers to more than 30 frequently asked questions.

Cllr Rob Waltham, Leader of North Lincolnshire Council, said:

“The measures which have been brought in today are designed to protect the most vulnerable people by reducing the transmission of the virus.

“If we slow the spread of Covid-19 then we ensure that those who are most susceptible to its effects are able to access the medical care they will require.

“We can all make a difference by making a concerted effort now to do the simple things – following the ‘Hands, Face, Space’ guidance and self-isolating if you have symptoms.

“If people do this now and take responsibility – for ourselves, our families and our communities – then we can make a difference which may mean that next month we go back to tier two or even tier one – that means we should be able to spend time with loved ones at Christmas.

“Making a concerted effort now through November will make all the difference come December – if we wait until then it will be too late.

“While we do this we are urging, once again, every person in North Lincolnshire, who can, to do something for a friend or neighbour or a vulnerable person in their community. If we do that then we get through this like we did in spring.

“I understand people are worried about what they can or can’t do, what they should or should not, but the little things are those which will make the biggest difference. Dropping a pint of milk off or telephoning someone and asking how they are can make a world of difference.

“The coronavirus is the biggest threat we have faced as a country for many years but this global challenge can be met with a local North Lincolnshire response, a community response, a personal response.

“The responsibility to protect ourselves, our families and our neighbours has never left us and every person in every community of North Lincolnshire must play their part.

“The council and its many dedicated staff are working hard to ensure that the most vulnerable are secure – however our area needs residents to once again become part of the massive community response. If you can, call on them, shop for them and be a good neighbour.”

Core council services across North Lincolnshire continue to operate though some services in relation to leisure and arts have been affected during the coming month.

Where services are affected the council has refocused those resources to provide additional support the most vulnerable people, to keeping people safe and well and protect the local economy.

For the latest updates to council services visit our website.

Jilla Burgess-Allen, senior consultant in public health at North Lincolnshire Council, added:

“Let’s stick to these restrictions for the next month for the best possible chance of seeing our loved ones at Christmas.

“This time around the restrictions are less strict than when they were first introduced in spring, there are more freedoms, our children and young adults remain in education and we can still provide care where needed for vulnerable people, be that family, friends or neighbours.

“The purpose of the restrictions are to protect the most vulnerable and ensure that the NHS is not overwhelmed this winter. This means that care can be available for those who may suffer the worst effects of Covid-19 and for any of us who may need it for any health reason.”