“Despite our area leading on many of the medical developments in the fight against Covid, we have seen transmission rates rise recently in every part of our city region, leading to a worrying uptick in positive cases. At the same time cases have risen at alarming rates across the rest of the country, threatening to push our NHS to its limits.
“These restrictions will have a major impact on the local economy, and I know many people will now be worried about what it means for them. I promise that we will again do all that we can locally to support local businesses and protect jobs, but alongside this it is vital that Government also steps-up and offers financial support to areas in higher Tiers. We need Government assistance to support people until the economy can reopen.
“I know after all the hard work and sacrifice that people will be fatigued after 10 months, but our spirit of togetherness has undoubtedly saved lives and livelihoods – and saved our NHS from being overwhelmed. We are once again facing tough weeks, perhaps even months, but together I know we will get through this.”