With more people choosing to stay in the UK for their holiday this year, it’s concerning to read the warning from Northumberland County Council’s Director of Public Health, Dr Liz Morgan, about the risk of Northumberland residents bringing the virus back home with them.

While cases in the county are low compared to the rest of the country, they are on the rise and concerns have quite rightly been raised, as has the reminder that we are still in the grips of this pandemic.

Leader of the Northumberland Labour Group Susan Dungworth said: “The numbers of cases in our county are low and we’d like it to stay that way so, we fully support the director of public health when she says protect yourself, protect others and protect Northumberland.

“There are things we can all do while away on holiday elsewhere in the UK to do this.

“It’s all the things we’ve already been told such as social distancing and regular hand washing and hand sanitising.

“Face covering are required in shops (except for exemptions) and it’s really important to wear a face covering if you’re in a car or taxi, if you are with people who aren’t in your household.

“After what has been a very difficult time for our tourism and associated businesses we want to see visitors back in the county.

“However we must also make sure or low numbers of Covid-19 cases stay that way. Our business and attractions have risen to the challenge to make themselves Covid-19 safe and as residents we should be doing everything we can to support them.

“We mustn’t forget that Covid-19 is a horrible illness for which there is currently no cure.

“Many people like to bring things home to remind them of their holidays, but this is one thing no one wants as a holiday keepsake.”

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