Friday 12 February
Please keep up your lockdown efforts during half-term
This week we heard that the number of people who have sadly lost their life to coronavirus in North Yorkshire has exceeded 1,000. Each untimely death leaves behind grieving loved ones, family and friends and our thoughts go out to them all.
It's a stark reminder of the need for the current national restrictions and why it is vital we stick with them for as long as it takes.
As of 8 February, the borough’s infection rate was 99.3 per 100,000. We are in a much better position than earlier in the year but even in the last few days the figures reported have fluctuated up and down. While the difference has been small, it demonstrates how quickly things can change and why we must continue to do all we can to prevent the spread of the virus.
With the arrival of the school half-term holiday next week, continuing this effort is really important. If you have school age children you might be wondering how you will keep them entertained.
There are lots of ideas online for indoor and outdoor activities in keeping with the restrictions and don't forget that children often have great ideas of their own.
Please stay local to your town or neighbourhood when out for exercise and avoid mixing with people you don’t live with. While it might be tempting to see others to relieve the boredom or travel elsewhere for a change of scene; it really isn’t worth the risk.
The good news is that the vaccination programme continues to go from strength to strength. Health professionals are now asking anyone aged 70 or over, or clinically extremely vulnerable, who hasn’t already been invited for the jab, to contact the NHS to book an appointment by calling 119. If someone you know falls into this category but isn't aware of this offer, please let them know.
For those that choose to mark Valentine's Day this weekend, we know the occasion will be very different this year with celebrations limited to home. If you plan to order a meal from a local restuarant, cafe or takeaway, please show them some love by only ordering alcohol with a home delivery. Coronavirus trading restrictions mean they cannot sell you alcohol with orders collected from their premises.
Until our next update, please stay home and stay safe to protect the NHS and save lives. Thank you.