Infection rates in Staffordshire had not fallen enough to avoid Tier 3 restrictions, Lichfield and Burntwood’s MP has said.
The Government has confirmed the area would face the highest level of restrictions when the national lockdown ends on 2nd December.
Conservative MP Michael Fabricant said he recognised the impact the new measures would have on local people and businesses.
“I very much regret Staffordshire being placed in Tier 3 restrictions and had hoped we might remain in Tier 2.
“However, COVID-19 infection rates were high throughout Staffordshire and although they had begun to fall in recent days as a result of the lockdown, they had not fallen enough and infection rates remain high in Lichfield district and elsewhere in Staffordshire, with the exception of Cannock which is slightly lower.
“I recognise how damaging this will be to businesses everywhere, but in most cases Government support will continue at least until the end of March.”Michael Fabricant MP
The measures are due to be reviewed before Christmas – and Mr Fabricant said he was hopeful there would be a brighter future ahead.
“There is now a very clear light at the end of this gloomy tunnel with vaccines becoming available next month and through the first quarter of 2021 – we will then be able to return to near normal life.
“In the meantime, we must all try and stay safe and not recklessly endanger the lives of others.
“I know that some people will question this tiering system, but it is there to save lives.
“And this is not just from COVID-19, but to stop the NHS becoming overwhelmed as it has in some European countries, and causing those suffering from other medical conditions not to get the hospital treatment they urgently need.
“Of course, there will be some respite from all this over Christmas, but it is important that we do not run wild and stick to the rules.
“If infection rates do not rise, but continue on their downward path, there is a chance that Staffordshire will drop to Tier 2 when this is reviewed in a month’s time.”Michael Fabricant MP