Hartlepool residents thanked for lockdown sacrifices ahead of May 17 easing of restrictions

Residents have been thanked for their lockdown sacrifices ahead of the next phase of the easing of restrictions.

Wednesday, 12th May 2021, 11:05 am

Leisure venues such as cinemas, museums, theatres, art galleries and bingo halls can all reopen from Monday, May 17, with cafes, restaurants and bars finally able to serve customers indoors.

Responding to Government confirmation of the next phase, Craig Blundred, Hartlepool Borough Council’s director of public health, said: “Confirmation that the nation can take the next step out of lockdown is welcome news indeed and just what we all wanted to hear.

“The additional freedoms that we are about to enjoy are the direct result of the sacrifices made over many months by local residents in helping to reduce the spread of COVID-19, and I thank them for that.

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Craig Blundred, Hartlepool Borough Council's director of public health.

“However, people need to remain vigilant and ensure that the closer contact they will be allowed to have with loved ones and friends does not lead to a resurgence of the virus. Please remember that Covid-19 has not gone away.”

Other changes from Monday include the reopening of hotels, hostels and B&Bs with all restrictions set to be lifted from Monday, June 21.

Mr Blundred added: “We must all continue to do everything possible to ensure that the ‘roadmap’ remains on track and the nation is able to meet the June 21 date for the final easing of restrictions.

“All of the evidence shows that vaccination rollout is having a massively beneficial impact and I would urge people to take up their vaccination was soon as it is their turn.

Hartlepool's Middleton Grange Shopping Centre houses a test and collect Covid-19 centre.

“It is a fact that around one in three people get COVID-19 without symptoms. If you don’t have symptoms you can get a test twice a week at the new COVID Test and Collect Centre in Middleton Grange Shopping Centre

“Also, please continue to take the basic precautions that can do so much to reduce the risk of transmission. Remember hands, face, space and fresh air– and always do these as a collective measure, not one or the other.”

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