People living in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire are being urged to ‘stay home and do not mix’ in a New Year’s Eve message from the county council.
The plea comes as cases of the virus have risen across the county and Staffordshire was moved into tighter Tier 4 restrictions which came into force today.
The new restrictions mean people must stay at home, only leaving if they have a “reasonable excuse” such as work, education, essential shopping or medical appointments.
The county council’s Director for Health and Care Richard Harling said: “New Year is traditionally a time when people come together and celebrate, but this year we’re asking people to follow the new rules, stay safe, and have a simpler New Year’s Eve celebration. This means staying home, and not mixing with any other households.
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“With the rise in Covid cases across the county, and the new, more infections strain of the virus, we can’t afford to be complacent.
“This year has been difficult for everyone, and it is only natural for people to want to celebrate the end of it. However, I would urge people to be sensible, stay in their own households, and if they want to, celebrate with friends and family virtually.
“There will be time to celebrate with family and friends when we have beaten this virus.”