‘What a difference a virus makes’

Your Local Area

A message from your local Councillors, Talib Hussain, Mark Jones and Jackie Drayton

Talib, Mark and Jackie

The last few months have been a difficult, challenging and sad time for all of us. The effects of the Covid-19 pandemic have had a massive impact on our city, our community, our family, friends, workmates and neighbours. We will have all experienced the ‘lock down’ differently but no doubt we will have all experienced sadness and grief over the death of loved ones, the ceremonies missed, the people we couldn’t visit or see face to face, the economic insecurity and the uncertainty about the future.

We want to take this opportunity to thank all those people who helped over those months who carried on working to enable everyone else to carry on too, those in the NHS, care homes and support care, the bus and taxi drivers, the shop workers, the school and nursery staff, the refuse collectors, the volunteers, individuals, young and old, local community and faith organisations and the many, many more who cared, and supported the most vulnerable and those who were unable to get out, thank you too to everyone who followed the advice on hand washing and social distancing, which ensured that the numbers of positive cases came down, you all played a crucial part in keeping the virus under control – you are all ‘Burngreave Stars’

Everyone was pleased when the lock down was lifted and our lives returned to something like ‘normal’…

…But unfortunately Sheffield and our area is still very much in the grip of a pandemic and it’s clear as the numbers of those testing positive, and those in hospital are rising and we are not out of the woods yet, so it’s vital that we remember those simple ‘rules’ that we can do to stop the virus spreading, and that we keep playing our part to keep ourselves, our family, friends, neighbours and our community safe as we can as Covid-19 once again takes a hold on our City.

We are trying to balance the impact of a dangerous virus and getting back to some form of normal but as we continue to see a rise in cases, the Government is likely to designate us an area of intervention with strict measures back in place. We know and appreciate the frustration that everyone’s is feeling and how important it is to get our community buildings back in use again. We are also aware that the Government messages around the new Covid-19 restrictions have not always seemed clear and easy to understand. However if we are to keep everyone safe following those Covid -19 safety messages is vital to protect ourselves, our family, friends and our community.

Efforts to slow the spread of the virus locally need our help. The council and public health colleagues are doing all they can to prevent any further lockdowns, and a priority remains the safety of the city but they cant do it on their and own they need our help. Prevention has to be a community and citywide effort.

Finally, many thanks for taking the time to read this.

Take care and stay safe. All good wishes Talib, Mark and Jackie

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