Published Friday, 10th December 2021
The Leader of Reigate & Banstead Borough Council is urging residents to follow updated Government guidance when in public spaces, with Covid cases in the borough currently among the highest in the UK.
With the Government announcing its Plan B winter strategy on Wednesday (8 December) and new restrictions due to be introduced, Leader of the Council, Cllr Mark Brunt, has appealed to residents to follow the new rules in order to protect local health services.
Cllr Brunt said: “We’re grateful to residents and businesses in our borough for everything they’ve done since the start of the pandemic, but with Covid-19 infection rates already extremely high in the borough, and a number of confirmed Omicron variant cases in Surrey, now is the time for urgent action.
“Getting vaccinated is still our best protection against Covid-19, so I would appeal to all residents to ensure they book their vaccines or their vaccine boosters as soon as they are able. You can check the NHS website to find out if you are eligible for a booster at: nhs.uk/covid-vaccination.
“We must all do the right thing this Christmas by following the new rules, wearing a face covering, washing our hands regularly, and making sure indoor spaces are well ventilated with fresh air. We all have a responsibility to keep each other safe and protect our vital NHS staff who work around the clock to save lives.”
Amid rising cases of the new Omicron variant of Covid-19 across the UK, the Government’s new Plan B restrictions mandate the wearing of face coverings in most public venues including shops, theatres, and places of worship, while residents should work from home where they can.
Council staff have been following enhanced Covid measures in workplaces and working practices throughout the year and will continue to do so.
Further measures being taken within the Council will include the mandating of face coverings at the Harlequin Theatre & Cinema in Redhill and a review of in-person meetings of elected councillors. Residents will also continue to see Surrey’s Mobile Testing Unit within the borough this month, including at the Town Hall in Reigate.
The latest information from the Government can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus.