People living in North Staffordshire are being warned to stay at home today as part of the coronavirus lockdown despite Britain set to bask in glorious sunshine.
Stoke-on-Trent City Council are urging people not to leave their homes and go to local beauty spots. The warning comes as temperatures are expected to rise to 18 degrees.
Council leader Abi Brown said: “Let’s be clear: if you go out, you can spread the disease. People will die.
“We urge people to continue to follow critical health guidance and be extra vigilant as the temperature increases over the weekend.
“If you are going into your garden, don’t burn off your garden waste. We know that brown bin collections are temporarily suspended during the outbreak, but look to home compost instead – smoke can aggravate health conditions and fires can potentially get out of control.
“Please don’t put any additional pressure on emergency services at this time.
“If you are planning a bike ride, the message is also clear: do not travel into the surrounding countryside to ride your bike – stay at home and cycle in your local area.
“People across the city have been incredibly responsible in responding in the right way to this national emergency; please do continue to be vigilant at this time.”
The warning comes as people are asked not to meet in parks, in line with national guidance.
The council have closed the car parks to beauty spots in the area – including Westport Lake and Hanley Central Forest Park.
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