In response to today’s announcement on tiers and restrictions by the Health Secretary, Nusrat Ghani MP said:
“Wealden businesses are on their knees and I have been deeply concerned about the impact of these tough restrictions on our hospitality sector and all the jobs they support. So it is a huge relief that Wealden will remain in Tier 2.
“I’ve worked tirelessly to ensure that our local data and pattern of infection was correctly understood by the Government, and to bring to an end the blunt instrument of county line tiers.
“I would like to pay tribute to the Health Secretary, who has accepted the need for a data-focused East Sussex split for tier restrictions. It made very little sense for Wealden to get swept up in tougher restrictions because of the unfortunate spike in cases in our neighbouring areas. But it’s now time that this data-focused approach is rolled out across the whole country.
“We had a national lockdown in November and much of the UK now finds itself living under Tier Three. We need a new, sustainable and enduring strategy for living with this disease and I hope that Ministers can come forward with this early in the new year.
“I would like to thank all Wealden residents who continue to observe the Government rules and guidelines and are doing their bit to keep our infection rates low. We must continue to be vigilant and as always remember hands-face-space.”
Keith Glazier. leader of East Sussex County Council, said:
"I know these new restrictions won’t be easy for the people and businesses of Hastings and Rother but they’re a response to a very worrying rise in cases here and many other parts of the South East.
"We at the county council will keep working hard with all our partners to help get through this. I’d urge all of us to do everything we can to avoid spreading the virus and above all, to stay safe."