Today the Northeast has been placed in Tier 4 restrictions by the government along with many other parts of the country

We understand this may be disappointing to our residents and businesses, who have worked so hard with us to slow the spread of the virus, but we again ask for everyone’s support to keep these Tier 4 restrictions down Have the effects they need

We thank everyone who has contributed for so long, and we know that everyone desperately wishes we could see an end to the restrictions

We know people are tired and frustrated but there is light at the end of the tunnel and it was uplifting to see vaccinations happening in the area every day which can give us hope for 2021 Today’s news, That the Astra Zeneca vaccine has been approved makes that light shine a little brighter and will be a welcome boost to the vaccination program

As our public health directors noted last week, the new variant of the deadly virus is transmitted almost 70% faster than other strains and vulnerable communities NHS services and social services were being consumed quickly in the south of the country. It is therefore important that we act now to avoid our local services becoming overwhelmed

We believe that the government should now consider a national lockdown to ensure that the spread of the new variant is slowed down and efforts can be focused on the crucial introduction of the vaccine, which is a national problem, and now a national solution is needed

After a troubled Christmas, the last one of us wanted more restrictions as we step into 2021 Unfortunately, we believe this is the only viable option to protect our health and care services and the most vulnerable in our communities

Every third person has Covid-19 without symptoms and therefore spreads it without realizing it That is why we have to be even more vigilant about social distancing, social contact and strong hand hygiene – washing our hands regularly and wearing face coverings everywhere, the law requires us

Under Tier 4, there should be no household mix except within a support bubble, but only a maximum of one person from another outdoor household, while non-essential shops, personal care and gyms in addition to our hospitality industry have to close down in the last two Months was forced to remain closed

We will continue to urge the government to make fair decisions and continue to seek increased business support to help businesses that may be affected by further action and continue to work with ministers on how best to target community testing Opening up our economy while aiming to localize the economy national testing and tracing program Government decisions regarding schools are passed directly to educational institutions without consulting local authorities, but continue to provide strong support to all of our schools and educational institutions during this time

In the meantime, anyone with symptoms should book a test as soon as possible and follow self-isolating instructions until the result is known, and then when it comes back positive

We all must make this extra effort to keep ourselves, our friends, our families, and our communities as safe as possible over the coming weeks. Thank you

Cllr Simon Henig, CBE, Chair of Durham County CouncilCllr Martin Gannon, Chair of Gateshead CouncilCllr Nick Forbes, CBE, Chair of Newcastle City CouncilNorma Redfearn CBE, mayor-elect of North Tyneside CouncilCllr Glen Sanderson, Chair of Northumberland County CouncilCllr Tracey Dixon , Chairman of South Tyneside CouncilCllr Graeme Miller, Chairman of Sunderland City CouncilJamie Driscoll, north of Tyne MayorKim McGuinness, Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner

Today the Northeast has been placed in Tier 4 Restrictions by the government along with many other parts of the country

We understand this may be disappointing to our residents and businesses, who have worked so hard with us to slow the spread of the virus, but we again ask for everyone’s support to keep these Tier 4 restrictions down Have the effects they need

We thank everyone who has contributed for so long, and we know that everyone desperately wishes we could see an end to the restrictions

We know people are tired and frustrated but there is light at the end of the tunnel and it was uplifting to see vaccinations happening in the area every day which can give us hope for 2021 Today’s news, That the Astra Zeneca vaccine has been approved makes that light shine a little brighter and will be a welcome boost to the vaccination program

As our public health directors noted last week, the new variant of the deadly virus is transmitted almost 70% faster than other strains and vulnerable communities NHS services and social services were being consumed quickly in the south of the country. It is therefore important that we act now to avoid our local services becoming overwhelmed

We believe that the government should now consider a national lockdown to ensure that the spread of the new variant is slowed down and efforts can be focused on the crucial introduction of the vaccine, which is a national problem, and now a national solution is needed

After a disturbed Christmas, the last one of us wanted more restrictions as we step into 2021 Unfortunately, we believe this is the only viable option to protect our health and care services and the most vulnerable in our communities

Every third person has Covid-19 without symptoms and therefore spreads it without realizing it That is why we have to be even more vigilant about social distancing, social contact and strong hand hygiene – washing our hands regularly and wearing face coverings everywhere, the law requires us

Under Tier 4, there should be no household mix except within a support bubble, but only a maximum of one person from another outdoor household, while non-essential shops, personal care and gyms in addition to our hospitality industry have to close down in the last two Months was forced to remain closed

We will continue to urge the government to make fair decisions and continue to seek increased business support to help businesses that may be affected by further action and continue to work with ministers on how best to target community testing Opening up our economy while aiming to localize the economy national testing and tracing program Government decisions regarding schools are passed directly to educational institutions without consulting local authorities, but continue to provide strong support to all of our schools and educational institutions during this time

In the meantime, anyone with symptoms should book a test as soon as possible and follow self-isolating instructions until the result is known, and then when it comes back positive

We all must make this extra effort to keep ourselves, our friends, our families, and our communities as safe as possible over the coming weeks. Thank you

Cllr Simon Henig, CBE, Chair of Durham County CouncilCllr Martin Gannon, Chair of Gateshead CouncilCllr Nick Forbes, CBE, Chair of Newcastle City CouncilNorma Redfearn CBE, mayor-elect of North Tyneside CouncilCllr Glen Sanderson, Chair of Northumberland County CouncilCllr Tracey Dixon , Chairman of South Tyneside CouncilCllr Graeme Miller, Chairman of Sunderland City CouncilJamie Driscoll, north of Tyne MayorKim McGuinness, Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner

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