LOCAL MPS Andrew Gwynne and Jonathan Reynolds have reacted to Tameside being placed in the highest Tier 4 Covid-19 restrictions and both believe a speedy roll-out of the vaccine is the key to returning to normality.
Mr Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, said: “I didn’t support the Government’s tiering system because it just does not work. Greater Manchester has been under Covid restrictions since July 29 which is testament to the system not working.
“I have always favoured a hyper-locally targeted approach to test, trace and isolate similar to the successful schemes in Scandinavia.
“That always made much more sense to me, ensuring that those households or neighbourhoods affected got sufficient support whilst the rest of us could go about our daily lives (with precautionary measures like social distancing) again. That should have been rolled-out over the summer. It was a wasted opportunity.
“The crucial thing now is we defeat the virus. The vaccine roll-out must be done swiftly and we have to get our lives back to normal as quickly as we can. Switching lockdowns on and off with multiple confusing rule changes has been a public health disaster.”
Mr Reynolds, who represents Stalybridge and Hyde, said: “I know this brings more pain and frustration for families and small businesses, but unfortunately, the current infection rates prove it is necessary, having risen dramatically locally and nationally in the last few days.
“With a new variant, the virus is spreading rapidly, and sadly additional restrictions are needed to avoid our NHS being overwhelmed.
“No-one is exempt from Covid – my own family are currently isolating after a member of my household tested positive, and I really do urge everyone to simply stay at home as even quick errands carry risk.
“Above all, it’s now urgent that vaccination is rolled out further as soon as possible. We’ve had great news of the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine – the pressure is now on Government to get as many people vaccinated as quickly as possible.
“Meanwhile, some Tier 4 schools in worst hit areas will stay closed for now, but there’s no list yet – a bit shambolic from Gavin Williamson, as parents, teachers and students look for answers.”