Households across Warwickshire are being urged to ‘pull together’ to get the county moved from Tier 3 to Tier 2 as soon as possible.

Councillor Izzi Seccombe, leader of Warwickshire County Council, is leading the rallying cry as the county prepares to be plunged into Tier 3 restrictions tomorrow morning (December 2).

“Other areas of the country have shown that through their combined efforts , they have been able to move down the tier system and I am certain that in Warwickshire we can do the same thing,” she said.

“Our first opportunity to move down a level is 16th December; a fortnight of continued effort could make a huge difference for our communities and our businesses.”

The Shire Hall  leader has not been shy in her disappointment that Warwickshire, as part of a sub region with Coventry and Solihull, has been placed into Tier 3.

Hours after the announcement, she issued a statement to express her ‘shock’ at the government decison.

Now she is hoping to rally residents to stick to the rules and help stop the spread of the virus.

It is no secret the Covid-19 rates and cases in the north of the county are higher than the south but she is asking everyone to fight the virus.

“The impact of the virus has been devastating – on individuals and families, who have suffered loss and trauma, on businesses and on the economy, but now is the time to dig that little bit deeper and unite in our fight against the virus,” she said.

“I completely understand the depth of feeling around Warwickshire’s tier three status, but we must unite as a county and do everything we can to help us move to a lower tier as soon as we can.”

One way the local authority hopes to reduce the Covid-19 rates in northern Warwickshire especially is to launch targeted mass testing.

As we reported in our newsletter, this is due to start in North Warwickshire on Monday (December 7).

“The Government has acknowledged that while our case rate is falling, the rate in over 60s remains high, as does the pressure on our local NHS services and these are contributing factors to the tier three decision,” she went on.

“Regardless of the tier system our mission remains the same and every single one of us can play our part to drive down the infection rate.

“I want to call on all our residents to keep doing the right thing for each other, for our businesses, our communities, for our NHS and for Warwickshire. Please comply with the restrictions and ensure that our Covid-19 positivity rate continues to decrease, we can limit the spread of the virus and do all we can to move into tier two as soon as possible.

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