My Macclesfield Express Article On The Coronavirus Pandemic

These are unprecedented times. The Government has had to make bold and important decisions in the interests of public health to tackle the coronavirus pandemic.

We must all heed the advice to stay home and protect the NHS, as this will help save many lives. This approach is based on the best scientific advice. Each of us must take clear responsibility to follow national guidance. If anyone thinks that they may have coronavirus, they should call NHS 111 or visit www.nhs.uk/coronavirus.

I am very grateful for the vital work and dedicated service of our doctors, nurses and all those in the NHS who work day and night to protect us. In the regular updates that I receive, it’s clear that strong plans are in place to actively respond to COVID-19 in our area. We are very fortunate to have such a dedicated NHS team, and police and firefighters, who are ready to serve in such challenging times.

The response from the public to become NHS volunteer responders has been tremendous. Like many local residents, I have registered to be part of that team. Local councils in Macclesfield, Poynton, Bollington, Disley, Prestbury and our rural communities have teamed up with volunteers and community groups, including Age UK Cheshire East, to protect older and vulnerable residents. Cheshire East Council’s “People Helping People” initiative is also most welcome.

Local businesses are playing their part. Our food retailers are working many extra hours to provide the food and supplies we need. It’s vital that local shoppers heed Government advice to buy responsibly, as there is more than enough food to go around.

We should all be very proud of the strong community response to the pandemic. It’s vital that we go on supporting each other to get through the difficult days and weeks ahead.