Stay home and stay safe this Easter Bank Holiday Weekend, urges Mayor

Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Cllr Maureen Morrow

THE Mayor of Mid and East Antrim Borough Council, Cllr Maureen Morrow, is reminding everyone in the community to continue to ‘Stay Home and Save Lives’ as we approach the Easter Bank Holiday Weekend.

“It is now more important than ever that we keep focused and resilient in observing the Public Health Agency and government guidelines so that we can protect ourselves, our families, our neighbours, and our amazing NHS staff”, the Mayor said.

“There are so many people within our community who deserve our respect and appreciation at this time, such as shop staff, food producers, lorry drivers, council staff, delivery workers and postmen and especially community volunteers.

“We are approaching the period when Public Health officials predict there will be a surge in the cases of Coronavirus Covid-19, so it is essential that we stay at home and not place our NHS under additional pressure.

“I understand that during times when we would traditionally be looking forward to getting together with friends and family, this will be difficult, but we all have a part to play in helping the doctors and nurses, and all those across the NHS and community care, to lead the fight against this pandemic.

“As we continue to wish the Prime Minister well in his own battle against the virus, I ask you all to stay focused, stay at home, wash your hands often and take care of yourselves and your families.”

The public are reminded that all Council owned parks in Mid and East Antrim remain closed to the public in line with government guidance on health protection.

In conjunction with the local community, Council has also closed the car park at Slemish following reports of crowds gathering in the area.

For all the latest updates on the services and facilities affected across the borough due to the Coronavirus pandemic, visit www.midandeastantrim.gov.uk/covid-19

Information on how you can protect yourself and others from Coronavirus by staying at home can be found on the Public Health Agency website www.publichealth.hscni.net

Meanwhile, North Antrim Sinn Féin MLA Philip McGuigan has urged people to stay at home this weekend and help save lives by stopping the spread of COVID-19.

He  said: “With the Easter weekend and good weather approaching people may be tempted to go beaches, holiday homes or beauty spots but I would urge them to stay at home in order to save lives.

“We are now in the surge of CIOVID-19 and it is more important than ever that people follow the advice and stay at home, wash their hands and practice physical distancing.

“Going out unnecessarily puts the lives of others at risk and is irresponsible.

“By staying home people can save lives.”

Northern Ireland First Minster Arlene Foster and East Londonderry MP Gregory Campbell have jointly called on people to stay at home this weekend and not come to the North Coast.

Commenting Mrs Foster said,

“No matter where I go in the world, I promote the tourism gems of Northern Ireland such as the North Coast, but this is an extraordinary time and to protect our hospitals and our loved ones we need people to stay at home. Second homes and caravans are not a reason for travel. The police will be taking a very tough line on this and we support them fully.”

Mr Campbell said,

“As MP for the Coleraine, Portrush and Portstewart area I want to see as many visitors as possible to the region. We depend on visitors. Easter weekend is normally one of the busiest of the year. This weekend has to be different. We want people to stay at home.

“We support the police in enforcing the extraordinary laws we have at the moment. They exist to save lives. Second homes and caravans are not reasons to travel to the North Coast.”

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