Bury St Edmunds MP Jo Churchill: 'The greatest gift we could give frontline workers this Christmas is to follow the rules'
Bury St Edmunds MP Jo Churchill has said the 'greatest gift' the community could give frontline workers this Christmas is to follow the rules to stop the spread of coronavirus.
Mrs Churchill, minister for public health, primary care and prevention, addressed the rise in Covid-19 cases and the latest measures over Christmas after a new variant of the virus led to a 'more rapid spread'.
She said: "Here in Suffolk we have seen a significant rise in case numbers and admissions to our hospitals.
"This is why the new rules over Christmas are necessary.
"I really do appreciate how disappointing it is for people across Suffolk and more broadly, who have had to change their plans and won’t see loved ones.
"However, there is a risk that without strong interventions the spread of coronavirus in Suffolk could increase even further, which is why we must now have a different, smaller Christmas than many of us would normally enjoy.
"That said, in Suffolk, we can currently still form a Christmas bubble with up to two other households on Christmas day.
"As we move towards the end of the year we must continue to work hard and follow the rules and guidance in place to keep us all safe.
"Ensuring we all still wash our hands, wear a face covering and keep two metres apart, while ventilating our homes.
"These actions are still a key part of the armoury to keep the virus under control.
"All of our thanks should go to the wonderful key workers helping to combat COVID-19 on the frontline, which has been one of the biggest challenges we have faced as a nation in my lifetime.
"From talking to many of them, the greatest gift we could give them this Christmas is to follow the rules and guidance in place, to keep everyone safe and give us the best opportunity to look forward to 2021."