Leaders at Gedling Borough Council are calling for fair tier announcements, which are set to be revealed by the government tomorrow, after a 55% decrease in the number of coronavirus cases in the borough.
The leader and deputy leader of the council today thanked residents for their efforts, forbearance and for complying with the regulations and rules set out during the lockdown period.
They now hope that central government consider these new figures favourably when announcing what tier Gedling Borough goes into tomorrow (26).
The case figures, which can be viewed via a new dashboard created by Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Local Resilience Forum, indicate that due to the efforts and sacrifices made by residents and businesses, the borough, which during the peak had 438.5 cases per 100,000, has seen a dramatic decrease to 196.8 cases per 100,000 over the last four weeks.
Leader of Gedling Borough Council, Councillor John Clarke said: “I want to thank the residents of Gedling for their incredible efforts to get the rate of infection down in the borough.
“At the beginning of the second wave we had one of the highest rates in the country but we are now at a level lower than the national average and that is thanks to all of those people who have followed the rules and made so many sacrifices.
“We know we are not out of the woods yet and we are not getting complacent.
“We are working around the clock to support our colleagues at the NHS to get the vaccination programme launched in Gedling and we will do everything we can to help eradicate this terrible disease and get our borough up and running again.”
Deputy Leader of Gedling Borough Council, Councillor Michael Payne said: “Thanks to the efforts of our local community, we now hope central government will give us a fair decision when it comes to setting out the tier restrictions for Gedling.
“Our residents have done everything asked of them and they will continue to do so to keep the rates down.
“Our businesses have already suffered irreversible hardship and for many, they will be watching the Prime Minister’s announcement tomorrow knowing that, depending on what tier they are in, it could well decide if they continue to exist or are forced close for good.”