Rachel Maclean, MP for Redditch, said:

“Residents have worked hard to bring down the infection rate in Redditch. The rate today is well below what the infection rate was when we first entered Tier 2 last month. Our rate is also below the West Midlands and England rate, and it also means we no longer have the highest infection rate in Worcestershire.

“I know the continued restrictions will be tough, not just on individuals, but on businesses too and I will continue to make sure businesses receive the support they are entitled to.

“Let’s keep following the rules as the vast majority of people have clearly been doing. This means, with Christmas fast approaching, we must all exercise the greatest possible personal responsibility.

“Yes, we can form a Christmas bubble of three households, but this is a limit and not a target.

“A smaller Christmas is going to be a safer Christmas, and a shorter Christmas is a safer Christmas. I will be following this advice. Like you, I will be enjoying a smaller Christmas this year and I know the vast majority of people in Redditch will be sensible and will follow the rules as they’ve been doing since the beginning of this pandemic.

“This year, for the first time in my life, I won’t see either of my parents, but I have decided to do this to keep them safe. I know that many Redditch families will be making similar decisions.

“There is reason to be optimistic this festive season. So far, more than 137,000 people have already received the first dose of the COVID Vaccine in the first week of the rollout. With each vaccination we’re getting closer to that light at the end of the tunnel.”