Please find below a statement from the Leader of Redcar and Cleveland Council in response to the Government’s decision to place the area into Tier 3 restrictions when the national lockdown ends next week.
Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council Leader Cllr Mary Lanigan said:
“We are disappointed that we have been placed in Tier Three by the Government, particularly after four weeks of national lockdown.
“The ongoing restrictions put a huge strain on people’s lives and threaten the prosperity of our borough as businesses cannot trade freely or plan with any confidence for the future. This is particularly acute in our brilliant hospitality sector, which cannot prosper at the busiest time of the year.
“However, it has been apparent for a number of weeks that the infection rate in Redcar and Cleveland has been too high and we have seen growing numbers of hospitalisations and people continuing to lose their lives to this terrible virus. We should never forget that for many families, Covid-19 has meant the loss of a loved one.
“Throughout the pandemic, the safety of our residents and visitors has been the priority. We hope everybody has an enjoyable Christmas but does so as safely as possible, particularly when visiting elderly relatives.
“Our fantastic shops will open again next week at the most important time of the year for the sector. Please take the opportunity to support them by shopping locally in a safe way.
“The way we can ease the restrictions is by bringing down the number of infections and reducing the pressure on the NHS. I know you have all made huge sacrifices over the past eight months, but it remains so important that everybody continues to follow the guidelines.
“If we do, we can all look forward to meeting friends and family more regularly and make sure as many jobs as possible are saved in our borough.”