THE Leader of the Council has welcomed the fall in the borough’s infection rate – but urged residents to follow the new Tier 3 coronavirus restriction rules which come into force tomorrow (2 December).
Councillor Mary Lanigan said she hoped the borough could be moved into Tier 2 in the coming weeks, but added this would only be possible if the factors considered by the Government continued to move in the right direction.
The Government announced last week that the Tees Valley will be placed under Tier 3 restrictions which are the strictest possible and mean hospitality businesses, like pubs and restaurants, will remain closed, other than for takeaways, deliveries or drive-throughs. However, non-essential shops and businesses offering some personal services like hairdressers, will be allowed to open.
It is expected the restrictions will be reviewed on Wednesday, 16 December.
Cllr Lanigan said: “The infection level in our borough has fallen steeply and I would like to thank everybody for all their efforts and sacrifices to ensure the spread of the virus is restricted.
“We go into Tier Three restrictions tomorrow, which threatens the viability of many of our fantastic businesses, particularly those in the hospitality sector at such a vital time of year for them.
“However, if we can continue to restrict the spread of the virus, bring down our infections levels – particularly among the over-60s – and reduce the number of hospitalisations it means we would be in a strong position to lobby the Government to move Redcar and Cleveland into Tier Two.
“I know everybody is desperate to return to normal as quickly as possible, but another increase in infections and hospitalisations will only mean longer in the harshest restrictions and, most importantly, more families losing a loved one.
“It is great to see our brilliant shops re-open. I would like to encourage everybody to shop local in the run up to Christmas but please do it safely by sticking to the rules around social distancing and wearing a mask when required.
“We can all make a difference by continuing to work together to overcome this terrible virus.”
Details of Tier 3 restrictions can be found at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/