Public health boss fears residents are 'tiring' of lockdown measures

Public health boss fears residents are 'tiring' of lockdown measures

By Adele Forrest | 09/04/2020

Public health boss fears residents are 'tiring' of lockdown measures

 

ROTHERHAM council’s director of public health is worried people are starting to tire of the stringent measures after the amount of cars on the roads increased.

Teresa Roche (pictured) raised concerns ahead of the bank holiday weekend — and urged people to stay at home.

“We are now into the third week of efforts to minimise the spread of coronavirus and we are looking ahead at the Easter bank holidays,” she said.

“While it is good to know that the majority of people across Rotherham are keeping to the Government’s ‘stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives’ message.

“Unfortunately, statistics from the past week have shown an increase in the number of people using our roads.

“It could be that people are starting to tire of the stringent measures or they are not seeing the impact of their own personal efforts reflected in the numbers of people contracting Covid-19.

“We understand that these measures are difficult for some families to adhere to, however, it remains vitally important that each of us plays our part to keep ourselves, our family and friends, the NHS and all frontline workers safe.”

Ms Roche said managing a pandemic was “complex” but the message was “simple” — stay at home, social distance and wash hands often and thoroughly.

“The measures introduced by the Government really will save lives,” she added.


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