Residents urged to keep coronavirus cases falling

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Residents are being called on to continue to stick to the rules as Staffordshire steps ups its efforts to encourage everyone in the county to “Do it for What Matters” and help keep covid-19 cases falling.

As Staffordshire heads into the second weekend of Tier 3 restrictions, schools are now backing the rallying campaign by displaying banners at the school entrance reminding people of the rules

Since the start of the campaign, many people have provided first-hand stories of what matters to them and why it is important to stick to the rules.

One school embracing the campaign is Tillington Manor Primary School, based In Stafford. Headteacher, Ian Goodwin said: “It has been a challenging period for all schools, including Tillington Manor Primary.

“However, with hard work from our teachers, support staff, parents and pupils we have managed to stay open – which is testament to everybody’s focus and resilience.

“Many rules and procedures have had to be introduced, but the overriding principles to stay safe have always remained.

“We look forward to a slow return to some form of normality in schools, but over the next few months I would encourage everybody to get behind the ‘Do it for what matters’ campaign, whatever your personal motivation happens to be.”

Staffordshire currently faces the toughest Covid restrictions, but the good news is that the rate of infection has more than halved in the last month.

Jonathan Price, Cabinet Member for Education added: “Schools are at the very heart of our communities and it is fantastic to see them continue to do everything they can to help support Staffordshire families throughout this pandemic.

“Focusing on the simple things like washing our hands regularly, wearing a face covering when we need to and keeping our distance can make a real difference in stopping the spread of infection.
“I would like to pass on my thanks to all Staffordshire schools for doing an amazing job and providing excellent examples of doing it for what matters – doing it for the pupils who have benefitted from being in education during the pandemic.”

For information about the ‘Do it for What Matters’ campaign please visit: https://www.staffordshire.gov.uk/stopthespread.