In response to today’s (17 December) announcement on tiers and restrictions by the Health Secretary, Wealden MP Nus Ghani said:
“Wealden businesses are on their knees and I have been deeply concerned about the impact of these tough restrictions on our hospitality sector and all the jobs they support. So it is a huge relief that Wealden will remain in Tier 2.
“I’ve worked tirelessly to ensure that our local data and pattern of infection was correctly understood by the Government, and to bring to an end the blunt instrument of county line tiers.
“I would like to pay tribute to the Health Secretary, who has accepted the need for a data-focused East Sussex split for tier restrictions. It made very little sense for Wealden to get swept up in tougher restrictions because of the unfortunate spike in cases in our neighbouring areas. But it’s now time that this data-focused approach is rolled out across the whole country.
“We had a national lockdown in November and most of the UK now finds itself living under Tier 3. We need a new, sustainable and enduring strategy for living with this disease and I hope that Ministers can come forward with this early in the new year.
“I would like to thank all Wealden residents who continue to observe the Government rules and guidelines and are doing their bit to keep our infection rates low. We must continue to be vigilant and as always remember hands-face-space.”