Erewash Borough Council’s Leader, Councillor Carol Hart, has issued a rallying call to continue the fight against the coronavirus in a direct message to the residents of Erewash.
Her plea follows news of a worrying spike in COVID-19 cases in the borough last week, putting it among the 30 worst areas in the country.
“I am as relieved as anyone that the light is clearly visible now at the end of what has been a long, dark tunnel. Yes, we are so close now to getting back to some sort of normality – but the spike in numbers in our borough shows that we still have to pull together to fight this virus. We must abide by the government guidelines.
“As such, I call on all our residents to abide by the safety guidelines and I appeal to everyone to take up the offer of the vaccination when invited. This is vital and clearly key to our success against this deadly virus.
“It is equally important that we keep to our permitted ‘bubbles’ – we saw clear breaches of the restrictions across the country when people flouted the rules to enjoy the good weather at the weekend. This is so disappointing and, to be brutal, shows a selfish disregard for the health of others.
“We are getting closer to the easing of restrictions but residents must not let their guard down. Thank you to everyone who has buckled down and dealt with all the challenges faced over the last year and for following the rules. I know there are some people who have different views and all I can do is appeal to them to think of others first and foremost. Please wear your masks and follow safety guidelines for the sake of your family and friends and out of respect for the wider community.
“There has been too much anguish, grief and sadness during this pandemic so let’s pledge to continue the fight. Stay alert and stay safe, we have to see it through. Thank you.”