Council chief urges supermarkets to go further to beat pandemic - The Solihull Observer

Council chief urges supermarkets to go further to beat pandemic

Solihull Editorial 14th Jan, 2021   0

COUNCIL Leader Ian Courts has spoken of his delight on hearing that many supermarket will be refusing entry to those without face coverings.

However he said much more could be done.

“I really urge supermarkets to go further, and be stricter, in terms of ensuring shoppers can maintain proper social distancing; better signage and floor-markings, and one way systems wherever possible,” he said.

“We must reduce contact with others, even outdoors, but especially if we are indoors.”

He was speaking on the day that Solihull rate of Covid infections reached 517 in 100,000 and the number of deaths in the borough from the virus hit 392 to January 1.

“We still need to get these infection rates down,” he said.

“Each of us must imagine we have Covid, and everyone you meet has it. Only by acting in this way can we try and stop Covid in its tracks.

“Having said the above, we have to recognise that not everyone is in the position to behave like this.

“Our teachers and pupils, care workers and social workers, nurses and doctors, shop workers and deliverers, so many others in the front line, they are all in a totally different position – they really cannot avoid coming into contact with people.

“We owe them and all our other critical workers a huge debt of gratitude for keeping the country going during these incredibly difficult times.

“On behalf of Solihull I thank you.”

He also singled out Jaguar Land Rover for praise following the launch of regular staff testing there.


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