Councillor Keith Mans, Leader of Hampshire County Council and Chair of the Local Outbreak Engagement Board, said:
“Over the past seven days, we have seen the number of positive cases within our county rise substantially. This is of huge concern as the virus transmits increasingly quickly through our communities. The decision by Government to impose further restrictions on the population cannot have been an easy one, but is regrettably the only immediate action currently available to help slow the spread of the virus in the near future.
“I understand that many will be disappointed and upset with the imposition of additional curbs on our daily lives, but it is absolutely imperative that we do all we can to minimise any further loss of life and support our hospitals to continue to treat those who fall seriously ill.
“As more are vaccinated, so we will be able to enjoy greater freedoms once again. In the meantime however, I am urging all Hampshire residents to abide by the rules to stay at home, and to stay local should essential journeys be required. Now more than ever we must work together to keep ourselves, our loved ones and our communities safe.
“Our immediate priority in the coming days and weeks is to continue to provide important essential local authority services, as well as ensure that those who need support to stay at home or shield are able to access it.”
National lockdown restrictions include:
In addition colleges, primary and secondary schools will remain open only for vulnerable children and the children of key workers. All other children will learn remotely until February half term. Early Years settings which include nurseries, remain open.
Full details of the National Lockdown restrictions are available on the Government’s website.
Please visit www.hants.gov.uk for further information on the local services affected during these national restrictions.