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.
Our NHS in some parts of the country is currently facing the most dangerous situation anyone can remember, and if the virus continues on its current trajectory, many hospitals will be in real difficulties very soon. NHS staff are doing their absolute best, but even they have limits.
The British public have made an extraordinary effort so far. Of course, we are all tired of restrictions, but we need to find the collective strength to get through the critical stage and save as many lives as we can. The message is clear: to drive the numbers down, we must stay at home as much as possible. Every unnecessary interaction we have could be the link in a chain of transmission which has a vulnerable person at the end.
These restrictions will not last forever. Vaccines and new treatments offer us hope and a clear way out, but we cannot afford to let our justified optimism for the future come at the expense of difficult action today. By following the rules, we will save lives and help normal life return more swiftly.