The Wiltshire and Swindon Local Resilience Forum has reaffirmed its commitment to work together to keep people safe as the country prepares to leave the national COVID lockdown.
The Government yesterday announced that Wiltshire and Swindon will be placed in Tier 2 when the national lockdown ends next Wednesday (December 2).
Chief Constable Kier Pritchard, chair of the Wiltshire and Swindon Local Resilience Forum, said:
“As we prepare to move to the next phase of restrictions, I want to reassure you that all partners across public services in Wiltshire and Swindon will continue to work together to keep you safe and informed. This is the number one priority for all partners who have worked tirelessly throughout the period of the pandemic to protect you.
“I would ask everyone in our county to ensure they are up-to-date with what restrictions are in place until next Wednesday and then what the restrictions in Tier 2 look like. You can find all the information you need by visiting www.gov.uk/coronavirus.
“I also want to take this opportunity to thank you all for your continued support. Throughout this pandemic, we have seen very high levels of compliance across Swindon and Wiltshire, and it is clear that the vast majority of the public understand the reasons why these restrictions continue to be needed and have done their best to follow the rules.
“I appreciate that Christmas will be very different this year, but if 2020 has shown us anything it is the power of community spirit, of supporting each other through difficult times and of remaining resilient when things get tough.”
Cllr Philip Whitehead, Leader of Wiltshire Council, said:
“While it’s disappointing we’ll find ourselves in a higher tier from 2 December, we have been planning for such an eventuality.
“We have worked so effectively with our partners throughout the pandemic, and we’d like to reassure businesses and residents that we are here to help them get through this.
“COVID-19 is still very prevalent so we all have to play our part to drive case numbers down which will help us get back to a normal way of life as quickly as possible. Better days are ahead but in the meantime we have to keep social distancing, have good hand hygiene, wear a mask and self-isolate when required to do so. If we maintain that behaviour then there’s no reason why we can’t move to the lowest Tier and eventually get to the other side of this.”