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Copeland mayor Mike Starkie disappointed with COVID tier ruling

Mike Starkie

Copeland mayor Mike Starkie said he was disappointed that Copeland remained in Tier 2 of the Government restrictions.

Whitehall reviewed the tier levels across the country today and it was hoped Cumbria would be put into Tier 1, the lowest level of restrictions.

However, it did not move from Tier 2.

Mr Starkie said:  “I personally believed that given the incredibly low rates in the borough – which are the lowest in England – Copeland should have been moved into Tier 1 rather than being kept in Tier 2 with the rest of the county.

“I wrote to Cumbria County Council and the Government last week to put my views on record.

“However, the decision has been made, and we all must respect it and continue adhering to the rules over the Christmas period to stay safe and to push our rates down even further.”