A PERSONAL plea has gone out to the people of Solihull to act now to bring down the rate of Covid-19 infections in the borough.
Speaking as the rate continues to spiral up – currently it’s 195 cases in 100,000 – Councillor Ian Courts, the Leader of Solihull Borough Council said: “I make no bones about it, I’m pleading with people to really think about their behaviour on this.
“I want people to take action, the numbers are going up and they are going up right across the country.
“Put it this way, if you were next to someone who had a horrendous cold or a horrible disease you would instinctively move away.
“Well people need to think like that with Covid-19 even though outwardly you can’t see it.”
He added the vast majority of people were sticking to the government’s ‘hands, face, space’ message but some were still failing to heed the message.
“The reality is this virus is going from person to person and we have got to stop its transmission,” he said.
He added that although businesses were trying their best to take precautions sometimes their staff needed to think hard about their actions.
“You can have a scenario where ‘I’m keeping my social distance, but actually shall I make you a cup of tea?’
“We need people to be careful and think through the consequences of what they do properly.
“We all need to pass on the message to others, including our younger people, that we must all take action to protect against the virus spreading.
“The siren calls for another lockdown are to be expected and I have lobbied against this as I don’t think we can cope with more restrictions either socially or economically.
“However, the spread of the virus is becoming too great and we may have no choice.
“Don’t let households mix indoors and, quite frankly, in my opinion, whatever the ‘rules’ say, we need to minimise / avoid interaction with other households in any situation, whether in gardens or anywhere else.
“Let’s limit the opportunity for the spread of the virus. If you have symptoms, please do the right thing, get tested and self-isolate.”