Lincolnshire leaders want more control over local class restrictions. This comes amid concerns that a blanket ban across the province would be unfair to regions with low infection rates.
Today’s Coronavirus Epidemic Board meeting agreed to write a letter to the government demanding responsibility for imposing restrictions on the province’s Ministry of Public Health, which will then be able to set levels or restrictions on a more knowledge-based basis – for example by region.
The government has yet to confirm the levels that will be applied to the regions, with the announcement scheduled for Thursday, but before the lockdown, Lincolnshire was counted as one district at Level 1.
But as of 23 November, East Lindsey was the region with the third highest infection rates in the whole of the UK at 515.8 per hundred thousand people. Boston was 21st with 428.9.
The numbers have decreased since then, but it could mean that the county as a whole faces the toughest rules yet if they are enforced across the board.
Matt Warman, attorney for Boston and Skegness, said It was “very likely” that she would face Boston and East Lindsay Level 3 Restrictions after speaking to public health ministers.
Martin Hill, president of Lincolnshire County Council, said Wednesday: “If the standards are appropriate let’s assume East Lindsay will be closed level 3, okay, but that doesn’t really explain why for example you should be West Lindsay when you’re miles away.”
He noted that those in lower-risk areas may not see a reason to comply if they are included with those in more dangerous areas.
“A lot of this is done better locally because we just have the local knowledge. It is a shame that the government continues to follow the central model.”
East Lindsay Council leader Craig Leland said there are specific issues for each area.
He said, “If it was only about the boycott, I think it would be very difficult for one region to be more restrictive because of the results elsewhere.”
Paul Skinner, mayor of the Boston Borough, said it “wouldn’t be surprising” if the area ended up at a higher level due to a “increase in cases locally”
However, he said that the positive numbers are declining, adding: “No matter what level we end up at, I encourage all of our residents to continue to take responsibility, follow the latest rules and guidelines, and help control this virus.”
South Holland County Council leader Lord Gary Porter said the flag should guide the lockdown, but felt that his district “should be treated according to the statistics it got for itself”.
As of November 23, the incidence rate for the southern Netherlands was 152.6 per hundred thousand of the population versus England’s average of 239.9, placing it 211 on the councils list.
“I don’t understand how anyone thinks they’ll make it easier to deal with cases in East Lindsey by closing pubs in the south of the Netherlands,” he said.
“We need to tackle the virus wherever it is, and shutting down Spalding companies will not reduce Skeggy’s numbers.
“Withdrawing civil liberties for people who live in Long Sutton will not reduce cases in Lincoln.”
“If we expect the public to understand and abide by it, decisions must be seen as fair and evidence-based,” said Lincolnshire Commissioner of Police and Crime, Mark Jones.
“It shows that the large rural counties do not understand the imposition of a one-size-fits-all approach. The local leaders have the skills and the mandates to do it better.
“By saying to one part of Lincolnshire, it should be treated just like another area, even if it’s 40 miles down the road, that doesn’t make much sense if the conditions are completely different.
She has health chiefs previously He refused to guess what level Lincolnshire would beHowever, he hinted that the current context of the boycott will see him at a higher level than before.
Prior to the lockdown, North and Northeast Lincolnshire were in Level Two and were rapidly advancing towards Level Three.
The two northern units recorded infection rates of 448.1 each on Monday.