Councillor Julie Dore, Leader of Sheffield City Council, said:
“We are now nine weeks in to a very different reality, where many of us have not been able to see our friends, family and loved ones, following social distancing measures to protect those very people we care most about.
“I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you all for the fantastic efforts you have and continue to make in order to keep the most vulnerable people, and yourselves, safe from contracting coronavirus.
“Longer, warmer days are upon us, and whilst we are used to the city opening its doors to people from across the UK, we are currently looking at new ways to enjoy our city whilst preventing further spread of the virus.
“There are many changes that need to be made over the coming weeks and months, but the priority for the Council is to make sure the health and safety of all Sheffielder’s is at the forefront of all those decisions.
“Sadly, many planned celebrations including holidays, weddings and birthdays have been cancelled and we are having to adjust to connecting with loved ones virtually. With Eid approaching, we know it’s hard when you can’t be with friends and family at this special time, because of the restrictions in place. But those restrictions are obviously important to keep everyone safe. So I’d like to wish everyone a safe and happy Eid. Eid Mubarak.
“Key workers continue to work around the clock to look after all of us, and whilst there have been a few restrictions lifted by Government, now is the time for us to pull together and not forget what we have achieved collectively so far.
“Please continue to social distance, wash your hands and stay safe and by doing so, you will be saving many lives.”
Greg Fell, Director of Public Health Sheffield, said:
“We have all had to adjust to a new way of life, and I know that we are all waiting for news of when life can get back to some normality.
“Yes, the Government have started to ease restrictions slightly, but we are not out of the woods yet, and we still need to adhere to social distancing.
“The key public health messages to prevent the spread of the virus are:
- Wash your hands with hot, soapy water, for 30 seconds
- Remain 2 metres apart from people outside of your household
- Wear a face covering in public if you can
“If we follow these guidelines, we hope to see further decline in new cases and less fatalities.
“I want to say thank you to everyone who has been following these guidelines. I know it has not been easy, but it’s protected the lives of so many and that is something we should all be immensely proud of.
“I also want to specifically thank all those who are to celebrate Eid this week. Typically this a time where people gather with their closest friends and family, which cannot be done this year, so I want to emphasise my thanks because by staying home, you will be saving lives.”