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Residents reminded to stay home following complaints about non-essential shopping

Written by on 10 January 2021

Stoke-on-Trent City Council is reminding residents of the lockdown rules following increased complaints about non-essential shopping across the city.

Under the government restrictions, you may leave your home to shop for basic necessities, for you or a vulnerable person.

Increased complaints over the Christmas period and this week, as the whole of England entered a national lockdown, have revolved around residents not wearing face coverings when in shops, social distancing in supermarkets and businesses open when they shouldn’t be.

City council covid stewards have now been deployed to busier retail parks and supermarkets to advise residents on safety precautions they should be taking and monitor compliance.

Public protection teams continue to be out in force across the city following up complaints from residents. The teams are supporting businesses, working with them so that they understand the rapidly changing restrictions and the requirements they must follow.

Council leader Abi Brown said: “We urge people to follow the restrictions and continue to protect themselves and others. Whilst we all need to go shopping for essential items, please be sensible. If you are concerned that somewhere is crowded and others in a store you are in are not maintaining a two-metre distance or wearing face coverings, don’t go there. Remember the rule Hands, Face, Space.

“As always, some of the best information we receive is directly from the public. We’d urge people to work with us closely to report issues; your reports make a real difference to helping us tackle the virus in the city. Report issues to us by emailing public.protection@stoke.gov.uk or calling 01782 234234.

The reminder comes as coronavirus cases in the city are continuing to rise rapidly. Latest figures from Stoke-on-Trent City Council show the city has a seven-day rate of 395.1 coronavirus cases per 100,000 people from 28 December to 3 January, a 61.8 per cent increase in cases on the previous week. Early information suggests the rate will reach 440 in the coming days. Although cases are widespread, Hanley, Tunstall, Trent Vale and Longton wards are the areas with the highest rates.