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.
Wednesday, October 14, 2020
COVID-19 update 14th October 2020
What follows below is a briefing I received today in relation to COVID-19
"Today, parts of the country will enter into the COVID alert level 3, as part of our plans to simplify and standardise our local rules through a three-tiered system of Local Covid Alert Levels – working with local leaders and ensuring we protect the NHS and its ability to respond to the pandemic and provide urgent care to those who need it.
On Monday, the Prime Minister set out how we will continue to fight back against the resurgent virus, protecting our NHS and saving lives whilst keeping our children in school and our economy running to safeguard jobs and livelihoods.
We took robust but targeted and proportionate action in September, including introducing the Rule of Six, restrictions to hospitality opening hours, and advice for people to work from home where they can, alongside tougher enforcement.
In the past four weeks, the number of Covid patients admitted to intensive care units in hospitals in some parts of the country has increased sevenfold. We must act now to control the spread of the virus and protect the NHS, so we can keep cancer treatments, elective surgeries and other vital diagnostic services going.
We have introduced a new system of Local Covid Alert Levels in England. Areas within England will be placed into medium, high and very high levels, and the Government is working with local leaders to decide which areas are covered by the very high alert level, and the appropriate interventions in those areas.
Alongside this, we have announced new support to protect jobs and support businesses required to shut because of restrictions – including the expanded Job Support Scheme, under which businesses required to close will receive grants, up to £2,100 a month, to pay two thirds of the wages of staff who cannot work. Those businesses will also receive up to £3,000 in grant support from the Government each month.
We will continue to do everything we can to protect the NHS and make sure it can continue to deliver the essential services people rely on – and it remains vital that everyone follows the rules to help contain the virus."