Norfolk Conservatives Group Leader and Leader of Norfolk County Council, Andrew Proctor has given his reaction to the Prime Ministers latest statement on the fight against Covid-19.
Mr Proctor said: “I welcome the clarity provided by the Government, through its new tiered levels of localised measures, linked to local case levels. I also welcome the economic support that is being made available to areas that face the strictest measures.
“What we want to see is an opportunity to have more local involvement in the decision making, as it’s local councils that know their areas best. Norfolk County Council has set up its own local tracing service and this has already worked well.
“Norfolk’s people and communities have been working hard together to stop the spread of Covid and we need that to continue. Partnership working has been excellent, as shown by the effective response to cases at Banham Poultry and in Great Yarmouth.
“Norfolk’s rates are still low compared to the national average and compared to the worst affected areas in northern England. Like every part of the country, Norfolk’s cases are rising, so we cannot afford to be complacent.
“I would urge everyone to continue to remain vigilant so we can all continue to protect Norfolk. We must all continue to wash our hands, wear face coverings when required to and observe social distancing – hands, face and space.
“The County Council and its partners are taking prudent measures now to attempt to limit the impact of COVID-19 over the winter.
“We have stockpiled personal protective equipment and are ready to reopen Cawston Lodge, to support the safe discharge of COVID patients and protect care homes.”