Following the Prime Minister’s announcement of a month-long lockdown across the whole of England, Hull City Council Leader Stephen Brady has said the council will continue to do everything in its power to support local residents and businesses through the next phase of the pandemic.
Hull was placed in the Tier 2 ‘high’ alert level of local restrictions on Saturday, 31 October, which includes a number of additional restrictions, such as no socialising indoors with people who are not part of our household or support bubble. People should continue to follow these restrictions until the new lockdown rules for the whole of England come into place on Thursday, 5 November, subject to Parliamentary approval.
The Government’s plans include tighter restrictions to limit social contact, including the closure of non-essential shops, and hospitality, such as pubs, restaurants, cafes and entertainment venues. Schools, colleges and universities would remain open and the furlough scheme would be extended until December.
Councillor Stephen Brady, leader of Hull City Council, said: “The council is firmly focused on supporting our residents, businesses and communities over the coming weeks as we begin another crucial phase of our battle to control the virus.
“Hull’s strong community spirit and resilience always comes to the fore in times of adversity, and since the pandemic began this has helped keep infection rates in the city comparatively low.
“However, with rates in our city rising fast, it’s vital that we are not complacent. The guidance keeps changing and that is incredibly frustrating for us all, but we mustn’t lose sight of why we need to do this. Each and every one of us must do our bit to protect our loves ones, support our health and care workers and save lives.
“By following the guidance, we can reduce rates of infection and help to ensure that Hull emerges from the restrictions as quickly as possible.”
Julia Weldon, Hull’s Director of Public Health, said: “Alongside following the Tier 2 rules in place now, and those that will come into place from Thursday, I would urge everyone to continue following the basic guidance.
“Please continue to take care by washing your hands frequently, maintaining social distance and wearing a face covering when required; take notice by looking out for the main symptoms (a high temperature, a new continuous cough or a loss or change to sense of smell or taste); and take action if you have any of the symptoms by self-isolating immediately and getting a test.”
To find out more about the council’s response to COVID-19, including support available for residents, businesses and local communities, visit our dedicated webpage.
If you do have any symptoms of COVID-19, you can request a test at www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-testor by calling 119.