Statement from Council Leader, Steve Fritchley on moving into Tier 2.
The Government have informed us that Bolsover District will enter Covid-19 Tier 2 High Alert Level from 00.01am on Saturday 31 October 2020.
I am disappointed with this decision to move into Tier 2 and the increase in the infection rates across the District. I am also worried about the effect on the economic prospects of many businesses and the uncertainty for people’s continued employment.
It is a balancing act between the two – keeping the vulnerable safe and the economic future stable!
In Bolsover District we have many small businesses, some are hanging on by the skin of their teeth and are likely to give up if there is no sign of any uplift in the future. Of late there has been a constant push for supporting the high street, something which I have been spearheading across the District to ensure our local economy can survive and thrive.
But this is made more difficult with lockdown restrictions and the push for shopping online, which is demonstrated by the rise in the technology and online shopping sectors profits announced today. We must continue to do all we can to help the local economy and high street.
We will be talking to the government to see what support they will be offering, as the negative impact the 10pm closure has already had, shows that local businesses are really feeling the impact and need all the help we can give them.
We have been told over the last eight months there would be a second wave during the winter and our current infection rate stands at 263 cases. So, we really are at an important juncture and my message is to rally as a community and as a District to get these numbers down, so further restrictions are not imposed on us.
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