Statement from the Leader of Amber Borough Council

With other Derbyshire council leaders, I have continued to make the case to government to provide more financial support and help to our residents and business sectors at this exceptionally difficult time.

Unfortunately, level 3 restrictions are being kept in place as of December 17, which is very disappointing for everyone, including our local businesses especially in the retail and hospitality who have worked so hard to make their properties Covid-safe and at this crucial time of year for them. However, we must protect our more vulnerable residents and keep the level of infections as low as we can.

With the roll-out of the vaccine now beginning in Amber Valley, and community testing on the way, we are starting to see the hope of overcoming the virus becoming a reality and a light at the end of the tunnel.

When some restrictions are lifted for families to get together for Christmas, between 23 and 27 December, please remember to follow all the rules, to keep you and your loved ones safe, especially the elderly and vulnerable family members.

I would like to close by wishing you all a very happy safe Christmas and a much better New Year.

Councillor Chris Emmas-Williams

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