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Region pulls together to reinforce "Stay at Home" message

The region is pulling together to remind people to stay at home this Easter weekend.

Local authorities have joined forces with partner organisations and the emergency services to ensure everyone gets the message that going out and about as usual is simply not an option.

While the Easter Bank Holiday weekend is traditionally a time for families to get together and visit some of the north east’s famous beauty spots, parks, towns and cities, this year that’s not possible.

A short video’s been produced reminding people to stay at home wherever possible and only to leave their homes for specific and essential reasons. The film will be promoted across the social media channels of councils and partner organisations across the Easter period.

Watch the video HERE

Peter Jackson, Leader of Northumberland County Council, said: “There has been a fantastic community response to this crisis and I’d like to thank everyone who has followed the Government’s clear advice which is helping save lives.

“With the Easter holidays now here, I’d make a further appeal to everyone to do the right thing and stay at home. It’s a difficult time for everyone but these are exceptional circumstances.

“It’s critical every single one of us heeds the Government’s messages to not go out unless strictly necessary. Following this guidance will help save many lives.” 

Chief Superintendent Janice Hutton, of Northumbria Police, said: “My heartfelt thanks go out to the overwhelming majority of people who are adhering to the restrictions in place and ultimately saving lives.

“It is important we all continue to play our part to protect family, friends, neighbours and wider community from the devastating impact of Coronavirus – together we can make a real difference.

“Our officers will continue to talk with members of the public to explain the restrictions and encourage people to follow them. However, if it becomes the case that people are putting others at risk, we are committed to taking the necessary steps to stop this from happening.”

Tony Gates, Chief Executive, Northumberland National Park, added: “Government advice is clear that people should not be travelling to Northumberland National Park at this time for recreation and that everyone should be observing social distancing requirements. 

“During the past few weeks people have been adhering to government advice and we would like to thank everyone for following the guidelines. It is important we all continue to do so; it is in all our interests to Stay at Home, Protect the NHS and Save Lives.

“We look forward to welcoming visitors back to the Park when it is safe to do so.”
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