He was speaking minutes after Secretary of State Matt Hancock announced in the House of Commons that Chesterfield, North East Derbyshire and Erewash would be moved to the “high” covid local alert category.
This follows an increase in coronavirus cases in these regions.
Although cases are increasing in Derbyshire, cases in the three specific areas remain among the highest in the county. Derbyshire County Council Chief Barry Lewis said the county was ‘at the tipping point’.
In Chesterfield, the infection rate is 118 per 100,000 population. North East Derbyshire is 149 per 100,000 population and Erewash 153 per 100,000 population.
Mr Hancock said he announced that the three areas of Derbyshire will be placed in the second level of the government’s Covid alert system from 12:01 a.m. on Saturday 17 October.
The announcement comes after discussions between the government, council leaders and lawmakers on how to handle the rising infection rate in the three districts.
In addition to following the ongoing tips for washing your hands, stay away and wear a full face that means:
- Different households or supportive bubbles should not mix indoors – at home, someone else’s home, pubs, restaurants, hotels or other hospitality areas, places of recreation or shops.
- People on the outside should stick to the rule of six, including children.
- If you go on vacation, it should only be with people they live with or who are in their bubble of support.
- Family and friends can offer informal child care as part of a child care bubble. The bubble is limited to only two households so that informal childcare is provided by the same caregivers each time
- Only visit retirement homes in exceptional circumstances
- All businesses, recreation facilities and other places permitted by law can remain open as long as they follow the Covid-19 secure guidelines
- Pubs, bars, restaurants and other venues close at 10 p.m. Drive-thru, click-and-collect, and delivery services may continue after 10 p.m.
- You can participate in sports and physical activity outdoors, but indoor exercise classes are only allowed if you can avoid being around people you don’t live with or sharing a support bubble. There are exceptions for children and people with disabilities
Mr Wallace, who is leading the county’s response to the outbreak, urged people to follow the stricter lockdown rules.
He said: ‘The sharp rise in the number of cases is of deep concern, although it is not surprising given that Chesterfield and the North East are so close to Sheffield, and Erewash borders Nottinghamshire, all of which are currently on alert. ‘high’ and subject to additional restrictions.
“Everyone has a duty to stop the spread of the coronavirus virus. It is more important than ever that we all work together to combat this.
“I’m really proud of how the communities in Derbyshire have supported each other during this outbreak, but it’s not over – we just can’t afford to look away from the ball.
“I realize that these additional restrictions for these areas will be frustrating, but they are also necessary because we are seeing a lot of community transmission.
“I cannot stress enough that starting on Saturday people from different households should not mix in, unless it is with people who are in their ‘bubble’ and they should stick to the “rule of 6” when they are outdoors.
“I know it’s difficult, but I ask everyone to call on their famous Derbyshire spirit and play their part to keep themselves, their family, friends and colleagues safe.”
The additional restrictions will be reviewed after four weeks.
Residents will be able to check if they live in an area with additional restrictions using a new online postcode checker available on the Derbyshire County Council website here.
They will also be able to see at a glance what restrictions are in place for their area thanks to the government’s new alert system.
Councilor Barry Lewis, Head of Council, added: “We are working very closely with the government and our MPs, and it is clear that we are at a tipping point.
“As winter approaches, it is essential that we control the spread of this virus so that we can protect the most vulnerable members of our communities.
“So my message to everyone is, ‘Let’s do this for Derbyshire’. ”
For more general information on the coronavirus, how and when to test, when to self-isolate, how to access support and the number of cases in Derbyshire visit: www.derbyshire.gov.uk/coronavirus