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With temperatures set to soar this weekend, councils, MPs and organisations across Norfolk have issued a joint message urging people to continue to stay at home this weekend in a bid to save lives and slow the spread of Coronavirus.

The message, co-ordinated by Norfolk Resilience Forum, comes amid fears the combination of a sunny weekend and fatigue as residents face a third week of lockdown could mean people are increasingly tempted to venture out.

Simon Bailey, chief constable of Norfolk Constabulary, said: “This is a public health emergency, not a public holiday. Norfolk is not open for tourism and people need to stay at home to protect the NHS and save lives.

The sun is set to shine this weekend.
The sun is set to shine this weekend.

“Right now, our priority is to protect local communities and I urge everyone to follow the government advice, which the majority of people in Norfolk have done admirably.

“These restrictions are in place for a reason; to prevent the spread of the virus which could increase with non-essential travel.

“Now is not the time to be visiting green spaces, beaches or beauty spots. The message is simple – stay away and stay inside.”

With some places reaching temperatures of 20 degrees in the UK for Sunday, every single person in the county is being asked to do their bit.

Pete Waters, of Visit East of England, said: “We are encouraging everyone to please stay local when they go outside, use open space near to your home and do not travel unnecessarily to beaches, parks and other attractions in your area.

“At this time of year we would normally be supporting and encouraging the holiday visitor economy but right now our plea goes out to local attractions and businesses in the tourism industry to continue to stay closed and for second home owners to stay away.

“We know it is difficult financially but it is the right thing to do. Your efforts are greatly appreciated and will really contribute to the overall national effort to save lives.”

All nine Norfolk MPs are working with their communities: Great Yarmouth MP Brandon Lewis; Mid Norfolk MP George Freeman; North Norfolk MP Duncan Baker, South Norfolk MP Richard Bacon, South West Norfolk MP Elizabeth Truss, Broadland MP Jerome Mayhew, Norwich North MP Chloe Smith and Norwich South MP Clive Lewis.

Andrew Proctor, Leader of Norfolk County Council, said: “All councils are taking the same approach in every district and borough so no matter where you live in Norfolk we are providing the best possible advice and care for our residents.

“We will continue to work together not only as part of a joined-up local government response to this Coronavirus crisis, but also with businesses and all our partner organisations.

“Everyone is doing an incredible job pulling out all the stops to support the public in staying at home, protecting the NHS and saving lives. I know we will keep up that good work.”

Norfolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner Lorne Green, added: “I appreciate the positive weather forecast will make it tempting for many families to want to venture further afield. I have had this discussion with my young grandchildren. The sad fact is however that we have no choice but to help play our part in protecting the NHS and ultimately, to save lives.”

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