Responding to the Prime Minister’s announcement of new local alert levels for coronavirus restrictions, Mayor of the Sheffield City Region, Dan Jarvis said:
“We are entering a new phase in our efforts to overcome the coronavirus and we face a difficult winter unless we stop its spread. I accept the need for new restrictions, but the Government is failing to grasp the scale of action required. Local leaders face a situation where we are left without the tools and resources to control the virus, until cases spiral to the ‘very high’ alert level. This is not the right approach.
“The new system brings restrictions without additional economic support at the ‘high’ alert level. This lands another blow for our high streets and businesses who face takings and trade falling further. We need a local lockdown lifeline so businesses, suppliers and the self-employed are fairly compensated from restrictions which cut their income. I will fight to ensure workers and businesses get the backing they need to survive.
“People in South Yorkshire must prepare themselves for a new set of rules, and to limit their contact with other households. If the restrictions are to work, they must be crystal clear to command people’s confidence, and be part of a coherent plan which will get us out local restrictions.
“Otherwise Ministers will further lose the public’s trust and be rewriting the rules again – which may be too late to save lives, jobs and businesses.”