We are still on Very High alert and fighting to stop the spread

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Everyone is reminded that although the national lockdown has now ended, Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent is still subject to Tier 3 COVID regulations – we are on Very High alert.

That means there are still considerable restrictions, including not being able to meet people from outside your home or support bubble indoors.

The Staffordshire Resilience Forum (SRF) brings together the blue-light emergency services, all local NHS organisations, 10 local authorities and local representatives from a number of national agencies.

Paul Edmondson-Jones, Director of Adult Social Care, Health Integration & Well-being for Stoke-on-Trent Council said:  “It is really up to everyone to understand what Tier 3 means for themselves and the people they are responsible for.

“After a sharp rise in COVID cases leading up to the lockdown they are now reducing again. But we need that decline to continue.

“We also need to be aware that while there has been some very welcome news about a vaccine becoming available, it is going to be some time before it is widely available. People still need to protect themselves and each other from a virus that can be deadly and can bring long-term health complications.

“Please continue to observe the guidance, remembering Hands, Face, Space and to book a test if you have any symptoms, no matter how mild. We should all be Doing Our Bit to stop the spread.”