North East UK news North East told 'don't blow it' as lockdown exit plan confirmed PremierLeague-News.Com

PremierLeague-News.Com - The Prime Minister announced on Monday afternoon that all legal limits on social contact could be removed by June 21, under the government's roadmap

North East UK news North East told 'don't blow it' as lockdown exit plan confirmed PremierLeague-News.Com

PremierLeague-News.Com - The Prime Minister announced on Monday afternoon that all legal limits on social contact could be removed by June 21, under the government's roadmap

North East UK news  North East told 'don't blow it' as lockdown exit plan confirmed PremierLeague-News.Com
22 February 2021 - 18:17

PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! The North East has been urged to “not blow it now”, after Boris Johnson confirmed hopes of removing all Covid restrictions on social contact by the end of June. Local council leaders have backed the government's gradual approach to easing lockdown measures, after the Prime Minister revealed the long-awaited roadmap on Monday afternoon, and warned residents to vigilantly stick to the rules over the “tough" weeks still to come to ensure that they can be lifted on schedule. Mr Johnson confirmed to the House of Commons on Monday afternoon that all pupils will go back to school on March 8 and that the Rule of Six will return on March 29, with people allowed to meet outdoors including in private gardens. Step two of the roadmap, which will begin no earlier than April 12, will see shops and hairdressers reopen, while pubs and restaurants will be allowed outdoor service then too. It is hoped that people will be able to see friends and family indoors from May 17, when hotels, theatres, cinemas, and football stadiums could also reopen. The final step four, which will arrive no earlier than June 21, will see all legal limits on social contact removed. In a statement on Monday afternoon, leaders of the LA7 group of North East councils said that today was “as close as we have been since this pandemic began to finding a way through it”, but added: “Let’s not blow it now.” Read More Related Articles Full details as Boris Johnson reveals roadmap out of lockdown in House of Commons statement Read More Related Articles When will pubs reopen? The key dates for the hospitality industry in 'road map' out of lockdown The leaders of Newcastle, Gateshead, Northumberland, North Tyneside, South Tyneside, Sunderland, and County Durham, the North of Tyne Mayor, and the Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) said that the government’s roadmap was “sensible but it needs to be kept under constant review”. They added: “We understand the desire of businesses and our residents to see restrictions lifted so we can get back to something like normality. “But while the infection rates continue to fall, they remain high, with many people still in hospital and too many of those are sadly still dying as a result of Covid-19.

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. “Our immediate focus is to do everything we can to support our schools to fully reopen on March 8.” Across the seven council areas, the Covid infection rate has now fallen to an average 128 new weekly cases per 100,000 people, slightly above the England average of 114. Council leaders Nick Forbes, Martin Gannon, Glen Sanderson, Norma Redfearn, Tracey Dixon, Graeme Miller, Simon Henig, plus mayor Jamie Driscoll and PCC Kim McGuinness, have also called for widened support for the hospitality, leisure, tourism, and culture industry while businesses remain shut and more help for people who have to self-isolate. They added: “Not to do so will lead to much higher costs in the longer term of businesses closing, higher unemployment, a greater risk to public safety and more people struggling both financially and with their mental health. “We also need greater clarification as to how we will control future outbreaks. Unless Test, Trace and Isolate are all strengthened further and businesses in areas affected are given full financial support, adherence and compliance will be undermined because people will fear losing out financially. “What today’s announcement doesn’t change for now is the need to stay at home and only go out for essential reasons, including staying local when exercising, maintaining social distancing at all times, wearing face coverings and continuing to regularly wash our hands. “We urge everyone to take up the vaccine when offered and to those in the priority groups who may still not have had their first dose to come forward. “There is growing evidence that the vaccines are highly effective in protecting our communities from Covid, having a significant impact on the risk of serious illness and reducing the risk of infection, giving us great reason to be optimistic.” Read More Related Articles 'I can start to think about living a normal life' - Third vaccination centre opens in the North East Read More Related Articles Everything you can and can't do as Boris Johnson confirms plan to end lockdown

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