Stay at home, support the NHS and help save lives

On Monday night, the PM brought in a new wave of stringent measures to help slow down the Coronavirus outbreak and ease pressure on the NHS to help us all survive the crisis.

There’s many key workers like doctors, nurses, police officers and council staff who face the risk of Coronavirus infection every day while providing critical services. But most of us do have a choice, and now is the time to make the right choice for you, your family and your community.

Following Monday’s announcement for people to stay at home, the advice has become even more critical to help reduce the spread of the virus.  People should now only leave their homes for the following reasons:

  • Shopping for basic necessities, as seldom as possible;
  • One form of exercise per day – for example a run, walk, or cycle – alone or with members of your household;
  • For medical needs, including to provide care or help a vulnerable person;
  • Travelling to and from work, but only where absolutely necessary and when the work cannot be done from home.

I have no doubt that by following this latest advice we really do have the opportunity to ease pressure on the NHS and ultimately save many lives.

Our own council staff continue to work round the clock to try and keep people safe. Over the coming days we will also be calling on those with experience of care, the healthy and fit and our own staff to step up if they can to help some of our more vulnerable communities.

For example, our Coronavirus Kindness campaign offers ideas how communities can organise at a grassroots level to provide vulnerable people with practical support at home, including by collecting medicines, connecting safely with people living alone and supporting existing local voluntary groups. If you think you can help then there’s more information at www.staffordshire.gov.uk/coronaviruskindness.

Again, by all following the latest advice and by pulling together we will overcome Coronavirus.

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