Hundreds still being infected
Hundreds still being infected

Northumberland Labour is reminding the county’s residents that the pandemic is still with us.

Leader Scott Dickinson said: “The so called Freedom Day, while being welcome for many, has left some people feeling even more vulnerable as people were to ready to sling the masks aside and were led to believe it was over. 

“You have to ask yourself why the government has removed the legal requirement for social distancing and wearing masks; it just doesn’t make sense as infections rise and hospital admissions rise.

“I feel for the people whose immune systems are suppressed or they’re caring for family members who are vulnerable. I very much doubt they feel free at the moment.

“I would appeal to people to continue to keep their distance, wear masks in crowded places and meet outside or in a well ventilated room if they are worried. And of course people should take the opportunity to be vaccinated when offered.

“The feeling in the first lockdown was that people were taking care of each other. We need to continue to do that and be considerate, as well as looking after our own safety.

“So many local businesses and individuals have kept the masks, have kept the distances but recognise when we are in a safer environment. This will help economy and business have a sustained reopening rather than fast and loose with a potential further lockdown which will damage further.

As we all proceed we must do what’s best for the majority in terms of safety first.”

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