Residents urged to renew community spirit

Residents have been urged to renew the amazing community spirit shown earlier this year to help the district through a second lockdown.

Cllr Sarah Rouse, Leader of Malvern Hills District Council, called for communities to come together again ahead of the introduction of new national restrictions on Thursday, 5 November 2020.

Malvern Hills District Council is once again preparing to support residents and businesses affected by the lockdown. A new business support grant scheme will be launched shortly once funding and final guidance from the Government has been received.

Officers will be working with partners and the voluntary and community sector to make sure vulnerable people have the support they need.

A promotional campaign is also being launched which will encourage people to support local traders forced to close over the next few weeks.

Should lockdown restrictions be eased in December, then promotional activity in the run up to Christmas is also planned to support retailers.

As with the first lockdown, the council is also aiming to maintain essential services such as waste and recycling collections.

Cllr Rouse said: "Nobody wanted a second lockdown but it is necessary to bring infection rates down, protect our NHS and save lives.

"The district showed amazing community spirit earlier this year to come through the first lockdown, and I know people will rally together again to support each other. We are doing all we can to support businesses and residents during this challenging period.

"It's really important we all do everything we can to protect ourselves, our loved ones and each other, by following the new rules and helping us get back on top of this virus."

Visit www.malvernhills.gov.uk/coronavirus to find out about the new restrictions, the impact on our services and support on offer.

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