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Nick Forbes pleads lockdown warning as dates confirmed for when pubs, outlets, and stadiums would possibly open

Newcastle’s council chief has warned individuals to not get too excited by the lockdown exit roadmap revealed on Monday.

Newcastle City Council chief Nick Forbes (Image: Newcastle Chronicle)

After provisional ‘earliest’ dates have been confirmed for when varied Covid restrictions may very well be lifted on social contact and the opening of companies, Nick Forbes pleaded for warning and stated that we needs to be ready for extra potential delays.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson introduced within the House of Commons that every one pupils will return to highschool on March 8, outlets and hairdressers may reopen on April 12, and individuals may very well be allowed to socialize indoors with buddies and household from May 17.

If all goes to plan, it’s hoped that every one authorized limits on social contact may very well be eliminated no sooner than June 21.

At a Newcastle City Council cupboard assembly on Monday night, Coun Forbes warned that “knowledge and not dates” have to be the important thing think about deciding how and when to launch lockdown guidelines.

The metropolis Labour chief stated: “I need to welcome the cautious, data-driven method that the Prime Minister has introduced at this time, however we can not afford to maintain yo-yoing between lockdowns.

“We all have to know that beating Covid is a marathon, not a dash.

“It is vital that we perceive that though quite a lot of dates have been introduced, it’s knowledge and not dates that ought to decide our determination making.

“We all want to know that there might be delays to the additional lifting of restrictions if we see larger than anticipated spikes in Covid numbers as varied restrictions are relaxed.

“That means residents ought to stay cautious and abide by the restrictions already in place. Otherwise, we danger case numbers rising once more.”

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