Update from the Leader of the Council

Update from the Leader of the Council

Message from the Leader of Bassetlaw District Council, Councillor Simon Greaves

"The Government has introduced a new three tiered system of local Covid Alert Levels in which different parts of England will be placed into “medium”, “high” and “very high” alert levels.

The Government has announced that Bassetlaw, along with the rest of Nottinghamshire and Nottingham City, will be placed in the “High” Alert Level (Tier Two), with additional local restrictions coming into place.

Find more information about what these restrictions mean for you. The infographic also provides a snapshot of the new rules.

There have been lots of questions from residents and businesses asking why Bassetlaw has been placed in “High Alert” after mistakenly believing that Bassetlaw District Council have requested additional measures for the area. I hope the following points provides some clarity.

  1.  It is the Government who ultimately decides which local areas are placed into each Alert Level (Tier). This is based on recommendations from the Government’s scientific advisors including the Chief Medical Officer. Bassetlaw District Council has not requested to be placed into any specific Alert Level (Tier), nor have we requested any additional local measures for Bassetlaw. The Leaders of the Districts and Borough Councils and the City and County Council’s met last week and we were briefed on the course of action set out by Public Health officials and the Government’s scientific advisors. Based on their expert advice, all Leaders agreed with this approach.

  2. In Bassetlaw, Nottinghamshire County Council has responsibility for public health. They have the knowledge and expertise and I think it is right that we support the professional view of the Director of Public Health and the Public Health Team.
     
  3. Cases are rising across Bassetlaw and Nottinghamshire. Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospital Trust has seen the numbers of Covid-19 positive patients increase sharply from single digits in early September to now more than 50.  Cases are also rising across neighbouring areas in Rotherham and Doncaster which are also now in “High Alert” (Tier 2). The Government’s decision to place Bassetlaw in “High Alert” (Tier 2) will not have been taken lightly, but when the advice comes from the Chief Medical Officer and Public Health officials, it cannot be ignored. I believe it is better to take action now, to try and curb our rising numbers and prevent more people from contracting the virus and potentially being hospitalised.

  4. We all have a role to play in reducing the spread of the virus in Bassetlaw. We must only mix indoors with people from our own household (or support bubble). If you have symptoms you need to isolate and get tested. It is also really important to continue to follow the basic advice - Hands. Face. Space - to stay safe and protect lives. Wash hands regularly. Wear masks where applicable. Make sure you stay two metres apart. Hands. Face. Space."

 


Last Updated on Wednesday, October 14, 2020