Christopher Whiteside MBE is Conservative County Councillor for the Egremont North and St Bees Division of Cumbria County Council. The division includes St Bees, Bigrigg, Wood End, Moor Row, part of the Mirehouse area of Whitehaven, and surrounding countryside.
He is also deputy chair (political and campaigning) of the North-West region of the voluntary wing of the Conservative party.
Chris lives and works in Copeland with his wife and family.
Friday, October 16, 2020
Coronavirus update - Barrow in Furness, London, and other areas move to high alert level.
Yesterday the Health Secretary updated the House of Commons on the latest measures we are taking to suppress the virus, protecting our NHS and saving lives while keeping children in school and our economy running to safeguard jobs and livelihoods.
The government knows that restrictions are difficult for people and do not want to have to introduce them. But it is essential that we take action, both to keep people safe and prevent greater economic damage in the future.
While discussions with local leaders elsewhere are ongoing, the government has developed a substantial package of support for areas that will be required to enter this third tier including more support for local test and trace, more funding for local enforcement and extending the job support scheme, in order to protect jobs and livelihoods.
From midnight tonight London, Elmbridge, Essex, Barrow-in-Furness, York, North East Derbyshire, Erewash and Chesterfield will enter the high alert level, meaning people must not meet anyone outside of their household indoors, in addition to existing rules such as the rule of six outdoors.
When a virus is moving fast, we cannot stay still. If we act collectively, we know we can control the virus, as we have done before, to protect the NHS and save lives.