‘Don’t Stay, Take It Away’ as lockdown continues

Councils across Essex have launched a campaign today to encourage people to make sure they eat their takeaways at home and not congregate outside food outlets.

Although Essex residents have largely respected the regulations, authorities are increasingly finding some are ignoring the spirit of the lockdown – in particular using takeaways but eating their food nearby rather than taking it home as part of ‘exercise’. That is why councils across Essex and Essex Police have worked together to develop the ‘Don’t Stay, Take it Away’ campaign for local businesses, residents and visitors.

The lockdown is continuing over the bank holiday weekend and the message form the Government is still to stay at home to protect our fellow NHS workers and save lives.

BJ Harrington, Chief Constable of Essex Police, thanked those who had been observing the lockdown.

“We understand just how tough it is on everybody, and I am so pleased that here in Essex everyone has by and large followed the rules,” Mr Harrington said.

“The longer the lockdown continues the harder it becomes, but it is so important that we continue to observe the rules and follow the guidance from scientists to ensure that we don’t undo all of the good work done so far.

“With that in mind while the lockdown continues, if you do get a takeaway and collect it yourself please leave straight away, take it home, and eat it there.”

If you are looking to commemorate VE Day on Friday (8 May), there are many ways to mark the occasion by following virtual commemoration services locally or nationally, or holding a stay at home party.

Authorities in Essex are also working with local businesses to see how they can be supported with reinforcing the ‘take it away’ message with their customers.

Cllr Neil Stock OBE, Leader of Tendring District Council, added: “Businesses are adapting their offer to takeaways, and we absolutely support that as our traders are a vital part of the local economy.

“But that only works if their customers – the general public – use them sensibly and continue to respect the guidelines on social distancing. So please, don’t stay and take it away.”

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