Statement from the Leader of Council, Cllr Bob Standley
COVID infection rates across the District continue to stay low with the number of cases per day remaining in single figures. This is fantastic news for Wealden residents and local businesses as we enter the next phase of the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown. Thank you to everyone for coming together and playing your part which has got us to this point.
The latest information about cases in the District can be found on the East Sussex County Council’s website.
The hospitality sector in particular, cannot wait to have you back. Social distancing is still very important to ensure our local businesses and facilities can remain open, as are the new rules on indoor and outdoor gatherings. Make sure you know what you can and cannot do from Monday 17 May. Further information is available via the links below, or direct at GOV.UK
The NHS COVID vaccination programme continues to forge ahead successfully, having now reached those aged 38 and 39. As at 9 May, 96,560 Wealden residents have received their first vaccine, and 56,797 have had their second dose thanks to the dedicated work of health professionals and volunteers. Whether you have been vaccinated or not, it is important to continue to follow the latest Government rules and guidance.
We must continue to wash hands, cover face, and make space.
Anyone who does not have symptoms can now get regular rapid lateral flow tests to check for COVID-19. About 1 in 3 people with COVID-19 do not have symptoms but can still infect others. Test kits can be ordered online for home delivery, or be collected from your local pharmacy or test site.
If you’re not comfortable doing a test yourself at home, you can book an assisted symptom-free test at www.eastsussex.gov.uk/communitytesting
Self-isolation if you test positive for COVID continues to be a vital part of beating this pandemic. The Wealden Community Hub is still available to provide help and support to everyone who needs it.
If the current progress continues, we are looking forward to the fourth and final step of the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown to be implemented. To ensure that we are in a position to remove all legal limits on social contact we must continue in our efforts to fight against this virus. Whilst great progress is being made, we must still act with caution when visiting family and friends if we are to be successful in reaching the 21 June milestone.
The Council continues to provide all its usual public services as well as much additional support. Our phone lines may be busier than usual, so please bear with us. Use email whenever possible or access services directly online via this website 24/7. Our free weekly e-newsletter “MyAlerts” will also help keep you updated. Follow us on Twitter @wealdendistrict and Facebook @wealden for regular service updates.
Cllr Bob Standley, Leader, Wealden District Council
17 May 2021