From 29 March you:
- can only socialise indoors with your household or support bubble;
- socialise outdoors with in a group of 6 or two households;
- work from home if you can and only travel if you have to..
The “stay at home” message is no longer in place but many restrictions remain in place.
Please make sure you are following the latest advice from the NHS and the government which you can access here: www.gov.uk/coronavirus
The vaccine is rolling-out at pace, thanks to our hard working NHS staff. We are getting through groups at a good rate and to ensure it continues to go smoothly the Tees Valley CCG has asked that people not to call their doctors asking for a vaccine appointment.
It is important to remember that everyone will be vaccinated but that it is being rolled out in stages. No one needs to call for an appointment. If you are in the priority group which is currently being vaccinated, pleased be assured that your GP will contact you
Vaccinations save lives and we must do everything possible to promote uptake, as it is our route out of this pandemic. The UK has the highest regulatory and medical safety standards in the world. You can find more information about vaccination is safe and important on the NHS website here.
Where you can find the information you need
As with the previous restrictions, our people and businesses need a proper package of support to get them through these tough times. Similarly our schools and children need resources and support as young people face an even longer time out of school. I’ll continue to work with my Tees Labour colleagues to demand this.
Information about what business support is available can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus/business-support
You can find local advice from Stockton Borough Council, including where to get a test, here: https://www.stockton.gov.uk/coronavirus
You can access the latest advice from Public Health England and the NHS here: www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/.
For Stockton Borough Council, all helplines and emails are listed here: https://www.stockton.gov.uk/our-council/customer-services/contact-customer-services/
For housing advice call Shelter on 0808 800 4444
To contact the police in non-emergency situations call 101
Many of us are feeling worried about people we know being isolated through the new lockdown. If you or anyone you know is struggling and need help, please remember you are not alone.
Samaritans 116 123
Mind 0300 123 3393
Calm 0800 58 58 58
Women’s Aid 0808 2000 247
Age UK 0800 678 1602
Childline 0800 1111
YoungMinds 0800 018 2138
It didn’t have to be like this – had Boris Johnson taken the decisions he should have way back in March and again in September, we would be in a far better place and wouldn’t have one of the highest death rates from Covid 19 in the world.
It is extremely important that everyone keeps following the rules. This means staying at home if you can, only going out for specific reasons – and as little as possible, not mixing with anyone outside of your immediate household. Through everyone’s efforts we can beat this virus and return to a more normal way of life before too long.
As ever, please do not hesitate to contact my office if there is anything you believe I can provide assistance with. The situation is fast changing, and there are some delays in receiving responses from Government ministers, but please rest assured I will always do my best to help whenever I can.