Norfolk County Council leader welcomes PM's statement but warns residents 'not to be complacent'
Norfolk County Council leader has welcomed the PM's statement today, whilst urging residents to be vigilant and observe the rules laid out by Government.
In statement to the Commons this afternoon, Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed a new three-tier system of coronavirus restrictions to be introduced in England, with countries divided into three Local COVID Alert Levels – "medium", "high" and "very high" – depending on local infection rates.
The PM added that “new financial support” worth around £1bn would be made available to local authorities in England.
Following the statement, County Council leader Councillor Andrew Proctor said that he welcomed the clarity outlined by Government, before urging residents to stick to the rules laid out, adding that "Norfolk cannot afford to be complacent."
The Conservative councillor said: “I welcome the clarity provided by the Government, through its new tiered levels of localised measures, linked to local case levels. I also welcome the economic support that is being made available to areas that face the strictest measures.
“What we want to see is an opportunity to have more local involvement in the decision making, as it’s local councils that know their areas best. Norfolk County Council has set up its own local tracing service and this has already worked well.
“Norfolk’s people and communities have been working hard together to stop the spread of Covid and we need that to continue. Partnership working has been excellent, as shown by the effective response to cases at Banham Poultry and in Great Yarmouth.
“Norfolk’s rates are still low compared to the national average and compared to the worst affected areas in northern England. Like every part of the country, Norfolk’s cases are rising, so we cannot afford to be complacent.
“I would urge everyone to continue to remain vigilant so we can all continue to protect Norfolk. We must all continue to wash our hands, wear face coverings when required to and observe social distancing – hands, face and space.
“The county council and its partners are taking prudent measures now to attempt to limit the impact of Covid 19 over the winter."
What tier authorities are to find themselves in is yet to be revealed, South Norfolk has a case rate of 352.1 per 100,000 people – one of the lowest in the country.
In the entire of Norfolk, however, case rate sits at 464.6, with cases continuing to rise.