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Council calls on residents to continue to stay at home

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Gateshead Council is calling on residents to continue to stay at home as much as possible to help continue to prevent the spread of coronavirus. 

Despite easing of the lockdown restrictions by the Government, the North East's rate of infection 'R' continues to be high. In order to protect the most vulnerable people in our communities, the Leader of Gateshead Council has urged members of the public to continue to adhere to the 'stay at home' guidance. 

Councillor Martin Gannon said: "Through our Thrive agenda, Gateshead Council has pledged to fight for and champion the wellbeing of local people. This has been at the fore of our stance and response to the Prime Minister's easing of lockdown. The Council has chosen to stick with the previous "stay at home" directive.

"While we do not have the same legislative powers as Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland in the North East, if we did, I would be doing exactly the same as what they are doing and staying with the lockdown. 

"Our first concern is the safety of the people of Gateshead and frankly I think that Government's response doesn't recognise that. Therefore, I'm saying to the people of Gateshead, unless you can absolutely avoid it, stay at home. That's our clear message. I'm not going to force people to stay in their homes, but we are really concerned about the public health of the people of Gateshead - what is clear is that if more people are able to stay at home, we will all be far safer. 

"The changes to the lockdown could result in another peak in the virus. We have seen that the R rate is higher in the North East, and that the country cannot be seen as one in how it responds to the pandemic. I remain extremely concerned about the easing of the lockdown, which I consider to be reckless. 

"It is clear that Government has not taken into account regional variations. We understand our people, we understand what is going on here and I think we should advise our people accordingly. It may be ok in some of the leafy suburbs, it may be alright in some of the rural villages; but it is not OK in Gateshead." 

Gateshead's Director of Public Health, Alice Wiseman, added: "The most important things people can do to stop the virus spreading is to continue to wash their hands regularly with soap and water for 20 seconds and keep at least two metres apart from anyone that is not in their household. Infections spread easily when people gather. 

"Anyone with symptoms of Covid-19 should stay at home for at least seven days. If you live with other people, they should stay at home for 14 days from the day the first person got the symptoms, to avoid spreading the infection outside the home." 

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Stay at home
19 May 2020

Gateshead Council is calling on residents to continue to stay at home as much as possible to help continue to prevent the spread of coronavirus. 

Despite easing of the lockdown restrictions by the Government, the North East's rate of infection 'R' continues to be high. In order to protect the most vulnerable people in our communities, the Leader of Gateshead Council has urged members of the public to continue to adhere to the 'stay at home' guidance. 

Councillor Martin Gannon said: "Through our Thrive agenda, Gateshead Council has pledged to fight for and champion the wellbeing of local people. This has been at the fore of our stance and response to the Prime Minister's easing of lockdown. The Council has chosen to stick with the previous "stay at home" directive.

"While we do not have the same legislative powers as Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland in the North East, if we did, I would be doing exactly the same as what they are doing and staying with the lockdown. 

"Our first concern is the safety of the people of Gateshead and frankly I think that Government's response doesn't recognise that. Therefore, I'm saying to the people of Gateshead, unless you can absolutely avoid it, stay at home. That's our clear message. I'm not going to force people to stay in their homes, but we are really concerned about the public health of the people of Gateshead - what is clear is that if more people are able to stay at home, we will all be far safer. 

"The changes to the lockdown could result in another peak in the virus. We have seen that the R rate is higher in the North East, and that the country cannot be seen as one in how it responds to the pandemic. I remain extremely concerned about the easing of the lockdown, which I consider to be reckless. 

"It is clear that Government has not taken into account regional variations. We understand our people, we understand what is going on here and I think we should advise our people accordingly. It may be ok in some of the leafy suburbs, it may be alright in some of the rural villages; but it is not OK in Gateshead." 

Gateshead's Director of Public Health, Alice Wiseman, added: "The most important things people can do to stop the virus spreading is to continue to wash their hands regularly with soap and water for 20 seconds and keep at least two metres apart from anyone that is not in their household. Infections spread easily when people gather. 

"Anyone with symptoms of Covid-19 should stay at home for at least seven days. If you live with other people, they should stay at home for 14 days from the day the first person got the symptoms, to avoid spreading the infection outside the home." 

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