Reacting to the news that coronavirus cases in South Yorkshire are still above the national average, Mayor Dan Jarvis said:
“In the five months since the country was put into lockdown to prevent the spread of coronavirus, we have made great sacrifices to protect the NHS and save lives.
“As a result, shops, pubs, restaurants, cinemas and places of worship are now open, and we can meet up with friends and family again. But we must not become complacent as a result. Coronavirus still poses a very real threat, and in South Yorkshire the situation remains precarious, with the latest data showing a significantly higher rate of infection than the national average. We have just regained many aspects of normal life, but if cases rise beyond acceptable levels, we will have no alternative but to give them up once more.
“To keep ourselves and others safe, and avoid that painful choice, we all have a responsibility to follow the guidelines. That means working from home where possible, regularly washing your hands for at least 20 seconds, social distancing, and keeping at least two metres away from people outside your household or support bubble whenever possible. Crucially, you must self-isolate and get tested for COVID if you develop symptoms or otherwise suspect – even slightly – that you might be infected. And if you are returning from abroad, you must follow the rules on quarantine.
“I’m continuing to work with our local authorities and the NHS to assess the situation in South Yorkshire. We are closely monitoring the data and will act quickly if we do need to introduce further measures to reduce the spread of the virus in our region.
“Without a vaccine the only way to prevent the spread of this virus is by following the guidelines, and working together to protect our health and the health of others. We need everyone in South Yorkshire to continue following the rules so we can make more progress and further relax the lockdown measures – rather than having to make them stricter.”