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Residents urged to be cautious as COVID-19 restrictions are lifted

Chesterfield residents are urged to exercise caution when national COVID-19 restrictions are lifted from Monday (19 July).

Step Four of the Government’s roadmap is to go ahead next week, meaning many of the legal restrictions that have been imposed upon us through the post-Christmas wave of the pandemic will be lifted.

However, in taking this step it has been acknowledged that the pandemic is not over, and Chesterfield Borough Council’s Leader, Councillor Tricia Gilby, is urging local people to continue to be cautious over the coming weeks.

Councillor Gilby said: “The vaccination programme is well underway in Chesterfield – 73.5 per cent of adults have now received two doses of the vaccine, and 87 per cent have had their first jab. This is a fantastic local take up and there is certainly a lot for us all to be hopeful for over the coming weeks and months, as restrictions are lifted. 

“However, we are still very much living through this pandemic and in light of rising local case numbers, we would ask Chesterfield residents to act with caution.

“It’s fantastic to see our town centre and high streets very much open for business, as are our leisure and cultural venues.

“The sooner we can all get back to enjoying a more normal way of life the better – and to achieve this we would ask that people continue to show consideration for their own and others’ health.”

COVID-19 safety measures will continue to operate in all council venues at this stage. While it will no longer be mandatory to wear face coverings, visitors to council buildings will be strongly encouraged to do so – while continuing to follow all other safety guidance in place.

Councillor Gilby continued: “Our customers will see very few changes when visiting our customer services centre, sports and cultural venues and other council buildings from Monday.

“We are currently reviewing all of our service operations in line with Government and industry guidance with a view to being able to accommodate more people at these locations in the coming weeks, while ensuring we keep our customers and staff safe.”

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See the Government website for full guidance.

First published on 16 July 2021 Last updated on 16 July 2021