Leader of Wirral Council, Cllr Janette Williamson, said:
“Throughout this crisis my priority has been protecting lives and livelihoods of the residents and businesses of Wirral. The roll out of vaccines offers us hope of some eventual return to normality, but this remains well in the future and we are seeing a truly disturbing rise in the numbers of infections and pressure on our NHS facilities. There is no question that we must act now. As well as facing a new variant of the virus which is spreading even more rapidly, there is also the potential impact of more gatherings over the Christmas period leading to additional infections, again placing even more pressure on our health services.
“The announcement of a new national lockdown is a direct reaction to rising Covid infections not just in Wirral but across the country. Unfortunately, it means a move to online learning for our schools which will have a significant impact on our children once again, particularly those without adequate broadband, computers or adequate space to learn in. Wirral Council will be doing everything we can to support schools, pupils and parents, and will be strongly urging the Government to provide additional help to those children who are struggling to move to online learning.
“Over the coming days and weeks there will be help for businesses which have been told to close and we will be supporting the most vulnerable in our communities to protect themselves during this period. I know our residents and businesses need help, need financial support and need to know that the Government will be pushing the roll-out of the vaccine. Like last March, Wirral Council will be redirecting many of its resources to support this effort and protecting the people of our borough.
“In the meantime, the lockdown means the single most important action we can all take is to stay at home to protect the NHS and save lives. I want to tell you things will be tougher during this third lockdown. People are tired, anxious and less hopeful than the previous ones. There is an end in sight but the journey to it requires hard work and commitment from each and every one of us. ”