Posted on Monday 10th May 2021
Staffordshire residents and businesses are being urged to continue to remain vigilant ahead of confirmation of the next stage of the lifting of lockdown.
Boris Johnson is expected to say the data supports a further relaxation of Coronavirus measures at a news conference later today (Monday 10 May) and County Council health officials are warning this news is not a signal for people to drop their guard.
Emerging variants in particular pose a risk of infections and outbreaks. The identification of the first cases of the Indian variant is a timely reminder that the Coronavirus remains a threat.
Johnny McMahon, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet member for Health, Care and Wellbeing, said:
“I’d like to thank residents and businesses for taking precautions and playing their part in keeping cases low in Staffordshire.
“This means we are likely to be able to take Step Three on the government’s roadmap - which we are all looking forward to and have worked hard to make happen.
“With people possibly being allowed to stay overnight with those not in their household or bubble and more hospitality venues opening up it could be easy to think that Coronavirus has been eliminated.
“Unfortunately the risk remains. We have already seen new variants in the county and I am sure more will emerge as restrictions are lifted. We must all continue to play a part in preventing the spread of infection.
"Remember Hands, Face, Space and Fresh Air, follow the rules, get tested twice a week and take up both doses of the vaccine when offered.”
Full details of all the local coronavirus and vaccine guidance can be found at https://www.staffordshire.gov.uk/Coronavirus.