Jonathan Gribbin
PICTURED: Inset, Director of public health for Nottinghamshire, Jonathan Gribbin

A Notts health boss says we can ‘look forward to the summer in confidence’ after hearing details about the PM’s roadmap out of lockdown announced on Monday (February 22).

Jonathan Gribbin, Director of Public Health for Nottinghamshire, said: “This is very good news and I would like to thank everyone in Nottinghamshire who has played their part in recent weeks.   

“The roadmap gives us all something to work towards and we can look forward to the summer with renewed confidence – and with fresh resolve for the work that remains to be done between now and then.  

“This is important because rates are reducing across Nottinghamshire, but not as quickly as we need.  Far too many families have very sadly had to endure the burden of loss as a result of COVID-19 so we have a duty to continue to do all we can to protect the NHS and save lives.   

Cllr-Kay-Cutts
PICTURED: Cllr Kay Cutts wants to ensure the county is in the best placed to help towards the government’s ambitions

“The dominant variant is much more easily spread than what we were used to last year.  The way to control it is the same but we need to work harder and more consistently to achieve the same level of suppression.  This means that we must stick with the lockdown restrictions and the ‘hands, face, space’ rules.  What people have been doing so far has secured some big reductions but I am urging everyone to continue with that.”

Councillor Kay Cutts, Leader of Nottinghamshire County Council said the authority is continuing to work closely with residents and businesses to make sure the county is best placed to help towards the government’s ambitions.  

She said: “The Council will work through the new roadmap to see how it will impact on the services we provide but it’s ultimately good news for families and businesses and offers much needed hope for us all.

This is real cause for optimism, and I am delighted that the Prime Minister has been able to set out his Roadmap, showing us the route out of the current lockdown measures – getting children back to the classroom, giving businesses hope and allowing families to meet again. 

“As the Prime Minister said, we are following the data – the number of cases and the infection rates – not dates. The success of the Roadmap to recovery is based on how well we all respond to the restrictions in place at each step.

I have every faith that the people of Nottinghamshire will respect the rules in full and help us to keep on track with those milestones the government has set so we can all start to benefit from the release of some of the very difficult restrictions we have all lived with for so long.”

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