03:11PM, Tuesday 13 October 2020
The Royal Borough is ‘dangerously close’ to being moved into the high-risk COVID-19 category, the council leader has warned.
Following the announcement from the Prime Minister about the new three-tiered COVID risk system being put in place, the council leader, Cllr Andrew Johnson (Con, Hurley and Walthams) has issued a statement to the public.
Windsor and Maidenhead is in the ‘medium risk’ category, meaning the restrictions and guidelines that were already in place nationally remain in place.
However, Cllr Johnson warned that the Royal Borough’s risk level could be increased if cases continue to rise.
The total number of COVID-19 cases that have been confirmed in the Royal Borough since the outbreak began is 920, according to the Government’s data dashboard.
In the first seven days of October, 122 new cases were registered, compared to 214 in the whole of September and 83 in August.
Cllr Johnson has called on the people ‘who think the problem is everyone else’s' to start following the guidance more strictly.
He said: “The rise in the number of cases is driven by people who should know better, people who think the rules don’t apply to them, people who think the problem is everyone else’s and people who think their routine or needs are more important than everyone else’s safety and livelihoods.
“COVID-19 is in the borough and moves within and between people so I urge you to consider what action you’re taking to ensure you are protecting your family, loved ones and others in our communities.
“We all need to work together to bring this virus under control and stop the spread in the borough.”
In another statement, shared by the Royal Borough yesterday, Cllr Johnson issued a similar warning and said 'we are aware of people not isolating even when they have symptoms and parents who send their children to school even after a positive test'.
He added: "Local businesses have - in the main - been scrupulous in the measures they have taken. Yet, if people don't change their behaviour and show they care about their friends and families, it will be those businesses that close."
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