Health and Wellbeing

Council Leader broadly welcomes some relaxation of the current rules but urges caution

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Posted on: 24 November 2020

The Leader of Devon County Council and Chair of Devon’s Local Outbreak Engagement Board, Cllr John Hart, responded to the Prime Minister’s announcement about coming out of the current national restrictions.

He said:

“We need to await the full detail of the post lockdown three-tier system and what support the Prime Minister’s proposals receive, but here in Devon we would broadly welcome some relaxation of the current rules.

“We have done really well so far in keeping case numbers relatively low and I would like to thank everyone for their actions during the latest lockdown, which appear to have slowed any local increase and helped to reduced pressure on our hospitals.

“But whilst we welcome any opportunity for local shops and businesses to re-open in the run up to Christmas and for all our lives to get back closer to some form of normality, we must also urge caution.

“The number of cases out in our communities is still a real concern, particularly in the working age population and among older people.

“We must not let down our guard now or throw caution to the wind over the next few weeks and over the Christmas period.

“It would take little for the numbers to start to increase again and for our hospitals to be overwhelmed, and none of us should want to pay the price for that in a few week’s time or in the New Year.

“All councils should know what is happening in the next few days.”

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