The Government has now officially confirmed that Staffordshire, as expected, will move to Covid High Alert at 00:01 on Saturday.
As The House is in recess, the announcement has been confirmed in a media statement and will be published on the Government website.
Staffordshire joins Dudley and Telford and Wrekin in moving to the higher alert level from Saturday.
The key changes under High Alert are that:
- People must not meet socially with friends and family indoors in any setting, unless they live with them or have formed a support bubble with them. This includes private homes, and any other indoor venues such as pubs and restaurants.
- Care homes will also be asked to restrict visiting to essential visits only and will be encouraged to continue to provide “virtual” contact between residents and their family and friends.
Today, the current seven day figure for England is 225 Covid cases per 100,000 population, for the West Midlands it is 230.2 and here in Staffordshire it is 272.1.
We will continue to work with Government to get the best deal for residents, and businesses affected by restrictions and do everything in our power to protect the vulnerable and keep Staffordshire open for business.
We are calling on everyone in Staffordshire to redouble their efforts to stick to the rules and help us turn the situation around. It needs a collective effort and, it is now up to us as a county, whether we succeed or not.
Thank you for your continued support.
Leader of the County Council
Member for Lichfield Rural East
Cabinet Office, County Buildings
Martin Street, Stafford, ST16 2LH