Covid restrictions may end for Waverley on 19 July – but we are ignoring “Freedom Day” and staying close to our Web!
And we aren’t the only ones!
Our arachnids have all agreed to hang onto our masks, self distance on our Web and make our own rules to stay safe and help save the NHS. Because, if we behave as if Covid is just a nasty past nightmare – then our National Health Service, will need more than a clap. It will need a defibrillator to bring it back to life!
Is ‘Your Waverley’s’Masked Leader following us or are we following Cllr Paul Follows who has issued the following statement.
As I am sure everyone will be aware by now – all covid regulations in law cease on 19th July.
I do not intend to use this post to start a debate on this exactly (but concede I may start it with this.) MANY residents have contacted me to express their deep concern and anxiety that the government has taken this decision.
I have to say I have some serious reservations about this decision too. ‘Common sense’, after all, is neither universally understood or universally demonstrated.
Still, I am not the government – I am a town and borough council leader and a county councillor, and when the laws cease, the borough environmental health team and the police will have no powers to enforce any of the previous rules. I say this simply because several residents have asked me if we can ignore the government and do our own thing? We cannot.
However, I wanted to make clear what I will be doing for the foreseeable future.
I will be continuing to wear a mask beyond the 19th in public spaces, at gatherings, on public transport and in shops. This will include when I am working in my day job, when I am working at the borough or town councils offices in Godalming, when I am working my weekly food-bank shift and when I meet residents.
I have had my first vaccination and will soon be due my second (I have it booked) and want to STRONGLY encourage those who have so far not opted for a vaccination to do so (particularly young people).
Despite the government decision on these rules, I still believe we have a collective responsibility as a community to do all we can to keep rates, hospitalisations and deaths as low as we can.
As always happy to answer any questions.
Leader, Waverley Borough Council and Godalming Town Council