Kirklees Leader Reacts to Government’s Announcement

Yesterday, the prime minister Boris Johnson unveiled his 4 step roadmap as to how the restrictions are due to be eased across the country over the next 6 months.

Part of his announcement detailed that the first step would be to return students to schools beginning on 8th March. From this date, two people will be allowed to meet outdoors for recreational activities as well as exercise and care home residents will be allowed to see one regular named visitor. 

Later in March, the rule of six will return, with outdoor gatherings of either 6 people or 2 households will be allowed. This will begin from 29th March. You can view the full details of the plan at

In response to the government’s announcement, Kirklees Council leader Cllr Shabir Pandor has released a statement about the easing of restrictions. He said “Today’s announcement means we can look to the future with hope but also with great caution.”

“The Government has set out a clear roadmap that means we are moving towards some kind of normality. I am confident that everyone in Kirklees will do their bit to ensure we keep infection rates down with a view to getting further restrictions lifted in the coming weeks. I think the way our residents have come together is remarkable and once again I would like to thank each and every one for doing their bit.”

“We have to do everything we can to get young people back into school as quickly and safely as possible. We also need to be mindful of the impact lockdown has had on people’s physical and mental wellbeing. It’s paramount that we give priority to this and get restrictions lifted and places opened that have a positive impact on physical and mental health.”

“I also want to thank our local NHS and partner organisations for continuing to deliver the vaccination programme in Kirklees which will play such a vital part in following the roadmap.”

“But we need to remember how quickly infection rates can increase. Alongside the rollout of the vaccine, the roadmap relies on every one of us continuing to do everything we can to keep ourselves and others safe. Please continue to follow all of the restrictions and always remember the basics such as social-distancing, hand-washing and wearing a face covering.”

“We are not there yet, but we are heading in the right direction. If we all continue to play our part, we will gradually see more and more restrictions removed and move towards some kind of normality in the near future. Thank you for all of the sacrifices you are all making. We still have a long way to go but there is light at the end of the tunnel.”

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