Falling Covid Numbers Means Suffolk Bucks The Trend – But Pubs & Restaurants Must Still Close by 10pm from Thursday

Throughout the pandemic the East of England has been a relatively safe place to live. Although there have been pockets of infection – on the whole numbers have been low, and this continues to be the case

According to the latest figures in the week to September 18th, Suffolk reported 40 cases compared to 77 in the previous week.

This meant the infection rate for Suffolk dropped further from 10.11 per 100,000 last week to just 5.25 in this week.

In terms of local authorities, all districts in Suffolk showed a drop in the number of cases per 100,000 compared to the previous week. The most notable drops in cases were in Ipswich and West Suffolk.

However, after the chief science and medical officers Prof Chris Whitty and Sir Patrick Vallance gave their morning briefing yesterday, Boris has been panicked into treating the whole country to a mini curfew – meaning from Thursday all pubs, bars, restaurants and other hospitality venues in England must have a 10pm closing time to help curb the spread of coronavirus.

To be honest I don’t think this is going to make a lot of difference to the Felixstowe peninsula – as most places seem to be shut by 10pm anyway. The sector will also be restricted by law to table service only – but from my observations that also already seems to be happening in most venues.

The more important thing in my mind is that people are sensible and follow the social distancing and mask wearing rules laid down in the first place. And I think on the whole in this part of the world we are doing that.

So remember – wash or sanitize your hands regularly, wear a mask in enclosed public spaces like shops or while you’re moving around venues – and keep you distance as much as possible

Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove said people should also work from home “if they can” and trials of spectators at sports fixtures would be “paused”.

The full measures will be set out by the Prime Minister in the House of Commons later.

Boris Johnson will also address the nation in a live broadcast at 8pm tonight (Tuesday 22nd)

It comes as the UK’s Covid-19 alert level moved to 4, meaning transmission is “high or rising exponentially”.

Mr Gove told BBC Breakfast that there was evidence the 10pm closing time has a “beneficial effect” in the areas where the restriction has already been tried.

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