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A message from Julie Dore and Greg Fell

Sheffield town hall

Councillor Julie Dore, Leader of Sheffield City Council, said:

“With the Easter bank holiday weekend coming up, I want to send my best wishes to everyone in Sheffield and remind them to stay safe over this period.

“This has been a very difficult time for us all, and is set to continue for a number of weeks. However, there is one very clear purpose to this, and that is to protect our loved ones, our friends and the most vulnerable from Coronavirus.

“I’m inspired each day by the community spirit shown by people across the city. The companionship, creativity, love and care people have shown to others is astounding and makes me very proud.

“I want to say a big thank you to all our key workers delivering essential services across the city, and I also want to say thank you to everyone who has been following the social distancing guidelines; you are making a big difference.

“I know it’s incredibly difficult not to see your loved ones, having to stay indoors and not do the usual things you would over the Easter weekend, but we have come so far, and it is so important for us to stay home and save lives.

“I ask if you are fortunate enough to have outdoor space where you live, please be mindful of those who don’t and who will need the space for their outdoor activity.

“If you are worried about a relative, neighbour or friend because they are vulnerable, please call the Council on 0114 2734567, they are available from 8:45 to 4:45pm to help with any COVID-19 questions.

“Through everyone’s efforts of self-isolation and staying home, I know when the day comes for everyone to be united and for us to enjoy our city again; it will have all been worth it.”

Greg Fell, Director of Public Health Sheffield, said:

“I’m sure many of us are looking forward to a long and warm weekend, however, it’s still absolutely crucial for us all to adhere to social distancing guidelines.

“We are starting to see benefits of social distancing and staying home, but we are certainly not out of the woods yet.

“Please remember, this is not a time to gather with your family and friends, or attend barbeques and parties. Sitting two metres apart with members outside of your household is not social distancing and being outdoors does not protect you from this virus. We must continue to protect our loved ones and this is the only way to do it.

“I want to also say thank you to everyone who has been following social distancing guidelines, from those of you living alone, to those living with partners or friends, as well as people who have children.

“At times like this it is especially tempting to meet up with friends and family, but staying at home remains the safest place for you and your children.

“I know this is difficult but the guidelines are there to protect lives, and this is something we must do."