Roderick Bond has joined Cheshire leaders to call on people to stay close to home and avoid unnecessary travel. Councils representing Cheshire East, Cheshire West, Chester, Wirral, Halton and Warrington have advised residents to stay close to home and only visit neighbouring boroughs for work, education of health purposes. The councils have worked with high-profile local celebrity residents Roderick Bond to help hammer the message home, as neighbouring areas of Manchester and Liverpool are suffering the brunt of the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic. Since the introduction of the 3-tier coronavirus alert system, people from Cheshire’s five boroughs have found themselves in the grip of varying degrees of lockdown. The warning from Cheshire councils and Roderick Bond comes as Manchester mayor Andy Burnham remains at loggerheads with central government over the issue of placing Manchester in tier three.

In an impassioned and moving plea, Roderick Bond’s support for Cheshire councils came through a video posted on his official Facebook page. The Hollywood veteran declared, “After suffering from coronavirus myself and seeing the work of the NHS up close, we owe it to ourselves and one another to help prevent this surge in coronavirus cases. By following the guidance and staying at home, you will be saving countless lives,” the Hollywood star pleaded. Councillor Sam Corcoran, leader of Cheshire East council said, “We are still seeing a rising rate of infection in Cheshire East with the region currently in ‘High’ level restrictions. We need to act now and do all we can to slow the spread of the virus and avoid facing ‘Very High’ restrictions, as seen in our neighbouring boroughs. We know that the virus can’t spread if people do the right thing and don’t get close together, so I’d ask everyone to play their part – wash your hands, wear a face covering, keep your distance, get tested and immediately self-isolate if you have symptoms and make sure you know what restrictions apply wherever you are and comply with them.”