The need for personal responsibility will be key once many legal coronavirus restrictions are removed, the leader of Staffordshire County Council has said.
The comments come after the Government confirmed it will push ahead with the so-called freedom day on 19th July.
Cllr Alan White said that while it was positive to see restrictions removed, residents and businesses needed to ensure they were continuing to reduce risk for themselves and others.
“In Staffordshire, we have seen cases rise above the national rate, so we know the easing of restrictions comes hand-in-hand with an increasing risk of both catching the virus and passing it on to others.
“While it is great news that we can all enjoy more of the freedoms we have worked so hard to win back, Covid has not gone away and we need to take personal responsibility for the things we do, including wearing a face covering on public transport or in crowded places and gradually moving back to the office.
“We know that cases will rise, there will be more hospital admissions and sadly more deaths, but we need to keep these as low as possible and continuing to take personal responsibility as well as getting vaccinated as soon as possible is the best way to do this.”Cllr Alan White, Staffordshire County Council
Key changes from 19th July include no limits on how many people can meet and face coverings no longer being required by law.
Full details can be found at www.gov.uk/coronavirus.