North East Lincolnshire Council leader Philip Jackson said the announcement by the Prime Minister last night was a further reminder that COVID-19 is still present and is a very real public health threat.
“The situation in our area remains of major concern due to the sharp rise in cases and the pressure this is now putting our health system under,” he added.
“I’m again urging everyone to play their part in doing all they can to reduce the spread of the virus, protect the NHS and protect one another. Throughout this, North East Lincolnshire’s residents, businesses and communities have come together and shown a collective public spirit and determination to curb the spread of the virus and protect not only themselves, but their neighbours and loved ones.”
“We need this to continue and we can’t afford to be complacent as we head into the winter. That means as well as following the rules in place now and those that come into place from next week, we need everyone to continue doing the basics in order tackle the virus.
“It is absolutely essential that you reduce your contact with others as much as possible, continue to wash your hands regularly, wear a face covering in indoor public spaces and maintain social distancing with anyone outside of your household or support bubble.
“While the Prime Minister’s announcement brings new challenges and an understandable degree of concern and some frustration, it’s absolutely vital that we join together as we did in the Spring and do whatever’s required in order to save lives and protect the most vulnerable.”
Cllr Jackson added that the authority would continue to do all it can to support residents, businesses and communities and to continue delivering vital public services.
“When we get more details from Government about what financial support will be available for businesses, we’ll be letting people know how they can access this as soon as possible.”
In the run up to the national restrictions on Thursday, the current Tier 2 restrictions in North East Lincolnshire will remain in place.