It’s been a long cold COVID winter, and with lockdown restrictions easing coinciding with Easter weekend, people could be forgiven for getting out and about. However, Middlesbrough mayor Andy Preston has urged people in the town not to let their guard down.

With the weekend expected to coincide with some warm spring weather, the Mayor stressed that everyone “desperately needs this lockdown to be the last” and urged people to stick to the rules and apply common sense.

At the start of the week, lockdown rules were relaxed with the return of the rule of six in which groups of up to six people from two households can meet outside. Amateur sport is now also allowed.

Households no longer need to ‘stay local,’ but are being asked to minimise travel. However, as My Preston stressed, people should still take precautions such as wearing masks and maintaining social distancing.

“We’ve made so much progress thanks to the rollout of the vaccine programme and the fact the vast majority of people are doing the right thing,” he said. “We’ve made so much effort to get to the point we’re at now and it’s crucial we don’t undo that.

He added that: “We desperately need this lockdown to be the last and for that reason it’s
crucial people use their common sense and celebrate Easter within the