Message from Leader of the Council
Councillor Norman Smith, Leader of the Council ‘s message to Castle Point Residents:
Early tomorrow morning the Covid alert level for Essex will be raised to High Tier 2.
The decision was taken by Government at the request of Essex County Council and MPs and followed extensive discussions with Essex and Leaders of councils in Essex. I took part in those discussions and supported the action based on the information presented to us.
(Essex continues to see an increase in cases with cases doubling every one to two weeks which the County’s Director of Public Health and Wellbeing, Dr Mike Gogarty advised would continue to accelerate unless urgent action was taken. Essex has a better chance of flattening the rate of infection and therefore protecting lives, jobs, businesses and the NHS if the move was made sooner rather than later. Without action now, the restrictions that Essex residents would have to face would be even more severe, last longer and do more damage to the Essex economy.)
The decision we made as Essex County and District Leaders to ask for this was not taken lightly. We know this will impact on lives and livelihoods but are confident this swift action now to flatten the rate of infection will ultimately help protect our residents, businesses and the NHS in the coming weeks and months.
I would encourage residents to familiarise themselves with the new restrictions. Residents should reduce social contact and remain within family groups and/or your support bubble only. Only travel when necessary. Continue to regularly wash hands, keep your face covered and remain 2m apart.
By acting now together, we can hope to stem this increase, limiting the time that we are in these enhanced restrictions and – above all – avoiding further escalation into ‘Very High’.
Councillor Norman Smith
Leader Castle Point Borough Council