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Stay at home and save lives, urges Council leader

Published: Tue 5th January, 2021

The Leader of Charnwood Borough Council, Cllr Jonathan Morgan, has urged residents to follow the rules and stay at home following the announcement of a new lockdown by the Prime Minister.

Cllr Morgan said: “The NHS is under immense strain and that means we must do more to protect our vital health service and save lives.

“It means making sacrifices in the coming weeks - I know it will be difficult for many people, but for the sake of everyone including yourselves, your family and your friends, please follow the rules and stay at home.

“The new national lockdown should hopefully be our last as the vaccine is being rolled out at an increasing pace - there is light at the end of the tunnel.

“In the meantime, Charnwood Borough Council will continue to stand by its communities. With partners including John Storer Charnwood, we created Charnwood Community Action at the start of the pandemic to support people in need and that continues to operate. If you are struggling please get in touch with the Community Action team via the website www.charnwood.gov.uk/CCA.”

The Council has confirmed it is closing Shelthorpe Golf Course, the outdoor gym in Southfields Park in Loughborough and the tennis courts in Park Road in Loughborough in line with the new lockdown measures.

The Council's three leisure centres, Loughborough Town Hall and Charnwood Museum remain closed.

Guidance

The new guidance says you should only leave home to:

  • shop for basic necessities, for you or a vulnerable person
  • go to work, or provide voluntary or charitable services, if you cannot reasonably do so from home
  • exercise with your household (or support bubble) or one other person, this should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area.
  • meet your support bubble or childcare bubble where necessary, but only if you are legally permitted to form one
  • seek medical assistance or avoid injury, illness or risk of harm (including domestic abuse)
  • attend education or childcare - for those eligible

Colleges, primary and secondary schools will remain open only for vulnerable children and the children of critical workers. All other children will learn remotely until February half term. Early Years settings remain open.

Higher Education provision will remain online until mid-February for all except future critical worker courses.

If you do leave home for a permitted reason, you should always stay local in the village, town, or part of the city where you live. You may leave your local area for a legally permitted reason, such as for work.

If you are clinically extremely vulnerable you should only go out for medical appointments, exercise or if it is essential. You should not attend work.