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Statement from Kim McGuinness on additional restrictions for the North East

17th September 2020


“Right now, in our region, the pandemic is growing again and it’s only right that we come together to fight the spread of this deadly virus.

“We have to take action now to withstand this threatening storm. Nobody wants a return to the time when the disease was spiralling out of control – our NHS struggling to keep afloat, and so many loved ones taken from us far too soon. We all have a role to play to stop our region getting to this point again and just because you’re fit and healthy doesn’t mean you’re not carrying this virus around, you could be.

“These restrictions asked for by local councils will need a region-wide approach to make them effective.  Enforcement action will be taken against those who refuse to comply with these restrictions, including the rule of six, and put others at risk, but we need to avoid getting to that situation. It’s also crucial that the Government supports our region’s efforts with a testing strategy that’s fit for purpose and meets our local increased demand needs.”

“It’s important that we curtail the spread of this virus together, act sensibly and keep our region safe.”