Mayor pleads with Derry and Strabane public to stay at home
07 January 2021
Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Councillor Brian Tierney, has pleaded with local people to only leave home for essential reasons following the latest spike in Covid 19 cases in the Council area.
Mayor Tierney warned that there is a genuine risk of the health service being overwhelmed if the public don't adhere to the legally enforceable guidance issued by the NI Executive this week.
From midnight on Thursday people should only leave home for medical or food needs, exercise and work that cannot be done from home.
"This is an exceptionally worrying time as our infection rates in Derry and Strabane have risen to unprecedented levels and our health service are now struggling to cope with the demands it has placed on them," he said.
"That is why I am pleading to everyone to show the community spirit we are renound for and adhere to the latest guidelines to only leave home for the essential purposes outlined by the executive – it will undoubtedly save lives.
"Your actions today can have a direct impact on the pressure on our health service and the safety of the most vulnerable in our society in the coming weeks."
The new restrictions are legally enforceable with the PSNI given powers to order people to go home if they are engaging in prohibited activity.
Indoor and outdoor gatherings have been reduced from 15 people to six and only from two households, however people will be allowed to take exercise outdoors with one person from another household.
The Mayor has recorded a video message appealing for the public to pull together to adhere to the new guidance to protect the most vulnerable in our society which will be broadcast on his social media pages at the weekend.
We must restrict our movements and not interact with others outside our households if we are to suppress the virus and sustain our essential services," Mayor Tierney added.
"The roll out of the vaccines means we can look forward to a return to more normality later this year however in the short term it is imperative that you keep your contacts to an absolute minimum and support our frontline workers in their tireless efforts to fight this virus on our behalf.
"In 2020 we pulled together in the Spring and Autumn to bring down a spike in cases and I am confident the people of Derry and Strabane will show the community spirit we are famous for to do so again."
A full breakdown of the latest Covid 19 restrictions and what they mean for local households can be viewed on the NI Direct website at nidirect.gov.uk.