From today Staffordshire is in Tier 4 for coronavirus restrictions, the strictest tier of restrictions.
Under restrictions non essential retail and personal care facilities such as salons must close.
People should also only travel locally and not leave a tier 4 area unless exempt. For anyone who can work from home should.
The announcement that Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent would enter Tier 4 was made by the department of health and social care yesterday.
Alan White, Staffordshire County Council’s Leader, said the announcement will come as a devastating blow to businesses which will now have to close their doors once again. People are also being advised to stay home and only go out locally if absolutely necessary.
The new highly contagious strain of Covid-19 is now sweeping the country and in Staffordshire we are now set to face the toughest restrictions.
Today’s news will be devastating for many businesses who after the toughest year possible will now have to close once more.
This is not where any of us wanted to be and the priority for 2021 is to get cases back under control and persuade the Government that restrictions can be eased in Staffordshire.
While this morning’s announcement on the approval of the new AstraZeneca vaccine is very welcome, it will be some months before we see the benefits and we must stay vigilant to protect lives this winter.
It remains a big ask but we must do everything we can to make this happen as quickly as possible. By following the basics, staying home as much as possible and taking part in our major roll out of community testing if asked to do so is the best and only chance of Staffordshire moving out of Tier 4.”
The average seven-day Covid rate in Staffordshire and the West Midlands is around 270 per 100,000 population, compared to the England rate of 390. The rate in East Staffordshire is more than 300 per 100,000 population.