ANDREW Grant, Cambridge City Council’s Interim Chief Executive, has added his voice to those calling on residents to keep on doing all they can to reduce the spread of coronavirus by following the national rules.
Cambridge has seen a rapidly rising rate of coronavirus cases, especially in working-age adults and children and the council has been working closely with public health partners to reduce the spread of the virus.
Cambridge is in Tier 4 which means people should stay at home unless they have a valid reason to leave.
Andrew Grant said: “I know that we’ve been asking a lot of people for many months now and being kept apart from family and friends is an awful burden for everyone.
“Our residents and businesses have sacrificed so much already. However, that is not a reason to use the holiday period to get out and about, into the city centre, just for something to do.
“As we head into 2021, we face rising coronavirus case rates in Cambridge, a new variant which transmits much more readily and with a shorter incubation period.
“More virus in Cambridge means more people getting ill, more people in hospital and, sadly, more people dying.
“The news of the AstraZeneca vaccine is very welcome, but it is not time to let our guard down. Covid isn’t just ‘what happens to other people’ - we must all play our part in keeping it together until widespread vaccination has been reached.
“The way out of it is for everyone to pull together and keep on washing hands, wearing face coverings and, because we know Covid loves a crowd, stay two metres apart. These are things we can all do – and they do work.”
Under Tier 4 restrictions, all non-essential shops are closed as well as personal care services such as hairdressers and gyms and entertainment venues including theatres and cinemas. Hospitality venues such as pubs, cafes and restaurants are closed, offering only take away and delivery services.
People must reduce non-essential contact with anyone outside of their household/ support bubble to the absolute minimum and can meet with only one other person from another household outdoors, socially distanced at all times. People cannot leave or be outside of the place they are living unless they have a ‘reasonable excuse’ which includes:
- Work or volunteering, where people cannot work from home
- Essential activities such as to buy food or medicine
- Exercise and recreation alone, in a public outdoor place with their household, support bubble or on their own with one other person if maintaining social distancing
While the vaccine is being rolled out to the most vulnerable people, adhering to the principles of Hands-Face-Space remains the best way of reducing the spread of the virus, cutting infections and minimising pressure on the NHS:
- Hands – wash your hands regularly and for at least 20 seconds
- Face – wear a face covering in indoor settings where social distancing may be difficult, and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet
- Space – stay two metres apart from people you do not live with where possible, or one metre with extra precautions in place (such as wearing face coverings)
Full details of what Tier 4 means for people living in Cambridge are on the government website: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/tier-4-stay-at-home and for more information on the national rules and tiers visit https://www.gov.uk/find-coronavirus-local-restrictions
For more information on the council’s work to tackle coronavirus, including the financial help available to businesses, residents and other help go to: https://www.cambridge.gov.uk/coronavirus
Information on the number of cases in Cambridge: https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/details/cases?areaType=ltla&areaName=Cambridge