Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, has made a statement following the decision to reinstate local Covid restrictions in Stockport.
Ministers have just announced that the borough of Stockport will be brought back within the Greater Manchester local Covid restrictions again. This is three weeks after the local restrictions were lifted in the borough.
The local measures means the new rule of 6 no-longer applies in Stockport: residents cannot socially mix inside, and people must stick solely within their household or social bubble when visiting pubs, cafes and restaurants.
Commenting, Reddish MP Andrew Gwynne said:
“I urged caution when the restrictions were lifted across Stockport three weeks ago. Whilst nobody wants these additional restrictions on their lives, public health considerations must be paramount.
“In the last three weeks COVID in the area has rocketed from green to amber to red alert and the rates are still rising.
“The schools returning was always going to be a test as to what would happen with Coronavirus and sadly the virus is spreading across all areas of Stockport and across all age groups.
“Whether the reimposition of local measures will help stem the tide remains to be seen but it’s imperative everyone does their bit to halt the spread and especially to prevent it impacting on the elderly and vulnerable, where hospitalisation and death is a higher risk.”
The local measures can be read here in full: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/greater-manchester-local-restrictions