Statement from Chris Hossack on the current Covid-19 position

Cllr Chris Hossack, leader of Brentwood Borough Council has made the following statement on the current Covid-19 position.

The new national lockdown announced on Monday is a challenge for all of us but one that we must follow. With education moving online and more people working from home, I ask everyone to do their bit as we push forward with the vaccination programme taking place at the Brentwood Centre. Those who are first in line for the vaccine will be called up through their GPs and I completely understand that many of you are waiting patiently for your slot. Our partners in the NHS are working tirelessly to ensure that this happens so please bear with the process as the programme rolls out.

I am grateful to our Community Hub which has been working constantly for its dedication and continued service to us all. The combined volunteers and voluntary groups have distributed food, medication, supplies and supported individuals and families whose lives have changed as a result of the restrictions in many untold ways. The Hub continues to offer this support, particularly to those who will now have to shield again.

We are fortunate to live in a community where helping others is so prevalent. We have many country parks, open spaces and play areas which offer respite during these times, but we must also take care to maintain social distance, respect the rules and each others’ space.

We have the support of our police who have taken action where the regulations have been so blatantly breached, particularly over the New Year. Arrests have been made and action ranging from hefty fines to criminal charges will be pursued in order to protect and secure our community during this time.

Our health services are supporting us in vital ways, primarily we should remember they are putting themselves at risk to provide often lifesaving treatment to others. We must support them in turn by curtailing what we may want to do, and doing what we must do – that is to stick to the new Lockdown rules.

We must each take responsibility for our actions and know that what we do now, directly affects those around us and the speed at which we get out of this Pandemic. If we are to cut the rate of infection and stay on track with the vaccinations we will see an end to this.

Brentwood Borough Council has maintained its services for residents and ensured easy access to all manner of help and support initiatives. We continue to do this alongside our many projects that are paving the way for a stronger future for us all.

Many local businesses too have been again affected by the tightened lockdown measures. A further funding package has been announced by the government and once again the council will be working hard to get this money to where it’s needed to support our businesses and local economy.

Let’s all make sure that Brentwood becomes known for the strong and positive way it responded to the call to combat Covid and the speed at which it recovered. Thank you.

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