Somerset in Tier 2 from December 2
SOMERSET County Council’s Leader and Director of Public Health are urging people to show restraint as the Government's new Covid-19 tier system was announced today (November 26).
Somerset will be placed in Tier 2 when national restrictions end on December 2. The tier covers all four districts – Mendip, Sedgemoor, South Somerset and Somerset West and Taunton – the area covered by Somerset County Council.
Leader of the county council David Fothergill said: “Somerset has made tremendous efforts to combat coronavirus since the first lockdown in March. It’s been hard but our county has shown incredible community spirit and resilience over the past months.
“We need to harness that spirit again as we emerge from national restrictions and pull together to keep Somerset safe.”
Trudi Grant, Director of Public Health, said: “After a month of lockdown, we need to make sure all our efforts and sacrifices now stick and our rates don’t go shooting back up again. In order to enjoy Christmas safely with our loved ones, we have to be really careful over the next few weeks.
“We all need to adhere to the rules for Tier 2 in the lead up to Christmas and during the festive season. The all-important behaviours of Hands – Face – Space and isolating if you have symptoms are really crucial.
“Now is the time for everyone to act responsibly for two reasons. Firstly, if we all reduce our risk now, we reduce the chance of catching the virus and missing out on Christmas altogether due to having to self-isolate. Secondly, and importantly, if we reduce our own personal risk now, we reduce the risk of passing the virus on to any family or vulnerable people we may spend time with in the coming weeks. Now is the time for restraint and to act responsibly.”
A single phone number is available for anyone in Somerset who needs coronavirus-related support from their councils. The Somerset Coronavirus Support Helpline number, 0300 790 6275, is open seven days a week from 8am to 6pm, offering a range of support – from help accessing food or medicines, to emotional and financial support, and employment, skills and business advice.