TOWN Mayor, Cllr Sue McGarry has praised community spirit in Uttoxeter and urged townsfolk to stay safe in the face of the coronavirus Covis-19 pandemic.
“Hello to all residents of Uttoxeter – I felt it appropriate to make contact during the first week of lockdown due to COVID19.
“As a councillor both for the Borough and the town of Uttoxeter it’s been a different couple of weeks compared to my last five years in office but despite the situation we all find ourselves in we are continuing to work for the residents of the town and borough from behind the scenes.
“Many of you have already experienced the difficult decisions the collective councils have needed to make in light of the unprecedented times we now find ourselves in.
“During this time there will be reduced services which will include garden waste (no collections for the foreseeable future) and the waste recycling centres have needed to close to reduce movement between staff and the members of the publics ensuring everyone is safe.
“Shops are closing and businesses are having to withdraw services but hopefully by doing all these things we will get through this pandemic quickly.
“Though these are tough times I have seen a resilience and motivation of many individuals wanting to help and support others, not just the vulnerable and elderly which we need to shield, but also for those less fortunate than ourselves which is commendable.
“A number of social media groups are offering assistance to those in need which is truly humbling and it just goes to show, when push comes to shove, we all look after one another. I cannot thank these individual groups and many people enough for the words of encouragement, their time and their efforts to make life a little easier for so many.
“For those that are suffering from this awful virus our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families at a time when they cannot visit you whilst in hospital and are themselves having to stay at home, self-isolating.
“To everyone else, we are stronger than we think, we are a community that sticks together and I would finally like to say please stay home, stay safe and stay well.”
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