The leader of Preston City Council has welcomed the new England-wide lockdown.Advertisement
Preston has been in enhanced restrictions since August 2020 to try and control coronavirus.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced from tonight all schools would close until mid-February as coronavirus infections and rates rocketed in much of the country – and hospital admissions were above those seen in the Spring 2020 peak.
Councillor Matthew Brown, Labour leader of the city council, had called for all primary schools to close during Sunday (3 January) – when a number of city primary schools defied government guidance and said they would not be re-opening after the Christmas holidays.
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Cllr Brown told Blog Preston: “The decision to enter a new national lockdown is the right one as the virus is spiralling out of control which otherwise would see more lives lost if decisive action isn’t taken.
“The government must ensure people and businesses are further supported with consideration given to new financial support for those whose work is disrupted by school closures, for example.
“In Preston, we have consistently asked government to provide the infrastructure needed to tackle the pandemic and bring down infection rates often based on local public health advice.
“Unfortunately, much of this has not been forthcoming both here and in many parts of the country resulting in the dynamic we see today.
“I sincerely hope these measures will be the last time we enter severe restrictions and at Preston City Council we will be working to support new more effective testing and a big vaccination effort to hopefully bring the lockdown to an end.
“I urge everyone to follow the new guidance and do all we can to bring infection rates down and support our NHS.”
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