KEIGHLEY MP Robbie Moore has paid tribute to the "incredible" support people have given to others as the fight against coronavirus is stepped up.

And he has thanked everyone on the 'frontline' who is helping those affected.

This week Mr Moore urged people to observe the new, stringent measures imposed by the Government to help halt the spread of the disease.

"Our country is facing an unprecedented challenge to its health service, economy and way of life," he said.

"The spread of coronavirus has heightened over the last two weeks, so it is vitally important that we all stay safe, listen and adhere to the latest advice – and where possible help those around us.

"The level of support and generosity shown by people across the constituency wishing to help those self-isolating has been incredible.

"I have been contacted by a significant number of individuals, businesses and community groups all offering help and putting plans in place alongside our brilliant voluntary organisations to assist the most vulnerable in our communities.

"At this early stage, I can’t thank enough those who are at the frontline. Our NHS staff, GPs and those involved within the health and social care system are doing a fantastic job.

"Last weekend, I touched base with the many headteachers and teaching staff across the constituency who are having to adapt and implement the new school closure programme. And I want to mention our supermarket staff who are working around the clock – and in certain circumstances are unfortunately having to take a little grief from purchasers who are being asked to limit their shop to two or three of certain items.

"We are all in unprecedented times and it is acts of kindness to those at the frontline which make a big difference. My wholehearted thanks go out to all who are going above and beyond to help one another in this difficult time."

Mr Moore said it was vital that everyone listened to the new rules on staying at home and away from others, announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday.

"The single most important action we can all take in fighting coronavirus is to stay at home in order to protect the NHS and save lives," said Mr Moore.

"When we reduce our day-to-day contact with other people, we will reduce the spread of the infection."

The new measures include a requirement for people to stay at home except in limited situations, the closure of shops selling non-essential goods and an end to all public gatherings of more than two people.

"Every person must comply with these new measures," said Mr Moore.

"The relevant authorities, including the police, will be given the powers to enforce them – including through fines and dispersing gatherings. These measures are effective immediately. The Government will look again at the measures in three weeks and relax them if the evidence shows this is possible."

Mr Moore added: "Everyone should do what they can to stop coronavirus spreading.

"It is particularly important for people who are 70 or over, for pregnant women, for those with some health conditions, and people with a weakened immune system.

"It is the little things that will make a big difference to combatting the spread of this disease."

He says important advice includes:

* Wash your hands with soap and water often and for at least 20 seconds

* Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available

* Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze

* Put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards

* Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

* Avoid close contact with people who have symptoms of coronavirus

* Only travel on public transport if absolutely necessary

* Work from home unless it is absolutely critical for you to attend your place of work

* Use the phone, online services, or apps to contact your GP surgery or other NHS services

Mr Moore said that in the Budget earlier this month, the Chancellor set out a £20 billion package of temporary measures to support public services, individuals and businesses through the economic disruption caused by coronavirus.

These were enhanced in a statement released on March 17.

Measures include increasing the amount businesses can borrow through the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme, from £1.2 million to £5 million, and ensuring businesses can access the first six months of that finance interest free.

Mr Moore says that whilst his office in Keighley has been closed in line with Government guidelines, staff are working remotely and he can be contacted with any concerns on 01535 600538 or Until further notice all surgeries will be done via telephone, rather than in person.

"I wish to reassure you all that I and my team are here to help," he added.

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