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'By reducing spread we’ll come out in a better position as we go into festive season' says council leader Martin Hill

As we begin a second national lockdown, it is important to remember that Lincolnshire goes into it with low infection rates compared to the national average.

While our county had remained in the lowest tier of restrictions until now, the rate of infection has been increasing more quickly over the past few weeks.

Although it is disappointing we’re in this situation again, it’s important that everyone plays a part in keeping vulnerable people safe and that we protect NHS services.

Coun Martin Hill, leader of Lincolnshire County Council. (40485327)
Coun Martin Hill, leader of Lincolnshire County Council. (40485327)

It’s going to be difficult for people seeing their freedoms reduced once again. But we will do all we can to support residents, businesses and communities until we emerge at the other side.

Unlike the last time we entered a national lockdown, we now have established procedures which mean many services can carry on uninterrupted.

With the majority of our office-based staff continuing to work from home and protections in place for those staff, such as social care workers, who need to see people face to face.

The government have asked for public buildings to stay open, so I’m pleased to say you will still be able to book a click and tip slot at our recycling centres.

We will also keep Lincoln Castle grounds open for people to access for daily exercise and wellbeing.

We will continue to carry out vital functions such as inquests and funerals, though weddings will not be able to go ahead during lockdown.

Our Business Lincolnshire teams – alongside Trading Standards – will be offering advice and guidance about the financial support available for businesses and operating safely, when the Government provides the details.

For the latest updates on council services, guidance and support we will keep our website updated at www.lincolnshire.gov.uk

Please remember to reduce your contact with others as much as possible, and continue to wash your hands regularly, wear a face covering in indoor public spaces and maintain social distancing with anyone outside of your household.

By reducing the spread of the virus we should be well-placed to control our infection rates in Lincolnshire during the next month and come out of the other side of lockdown in a better position as we go into the festive season.

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