Kelham Cooke, leader of South Kesteven District Council, gives his views on second lockdown
Kelham Cooke, leader of South Kesteven District Council, has said the new lockdown won't be easy, but it is there to save lives and community spirit will help people get through it as before.
In a statement given to a meeting of the cabinet today (Tuesday), he said: "On Saturday the Prime Minister announced a national lockdown to prevent further spread of the coronavirus.
"I know these measures will not be easy for any of us, but I am determined that South Kesteven District Council will once again do all it can to protect the health of our staff and our residents, maintain our critical services and support our local businesses.
"The community spirit and resilience show by residents across South Kesteven has been amazing throughout and I am confident they will come step forward again - by being good neighbours, volunteering to help others and sticking to the new rules.
"The latest restrictions will impact on the way people work and will, unfortunately, close some businesses, but we must be clear why they are being introduced - to help save lives and protect the NHS.
"It is important that we now closely follow Government advice and do all we can to guard against further spread of the virus.
"South Kesteven District Council has maintained all of its essential services to residents, such as refuse collection, throughout the pandemic and will continue to do so.
"The successful SK Community Hub, set up to co-ordinate help for the most vulnerable and those most in need, will again play a leading role in our response. If you need support please get in touch by emailing SKCommunityHub@southkesteven.gov.uk or calling 01476 406177.
"We will be doing all we can to support businesses through this incredibly difficult period. There is financial support available and details of this and what SKDC is doing to help can be found on our website and via our social media channels.
"We must work together and support each other and, if we do so, I am sure we will come through this."