Lambeth chief Jack Hopkins has sent an email detailing the new restrictions the borough has brought into the ‘high’ Covid-19 alert level category.
The restrictions come after official figures from London showed all boroughs have a rate of over 50 cases per 100,000 population and increased positivity rates. Cases in Lambeth currently stand at 92.5 people per 100,000 population.
The “High” level limits mixing between households inside, with the exception of support bubbles. This includes private homes and any other indoor location such as pubs and restaurants.
The 10 p.m. curfew for reception areas remains in effect.
People may continue to see friends and family they don’t live with (or with whom they haven’t formed a supportive bubble) outdoors, including in a garden or other outdoor space .
When people do, they should not get together in groups of more than 6. This limit of 6 includes children of all ages.
As I said in my email earlier this week, the new restrictions are needed to bring this under control and protect Londoners and our NHS.
I urge all Lambeth residents to follow the rules and adhere to public health advice – wash their hands, wear a mask in required environments such as shops and public transport, and socially distance themselves from those who are outside their homes.
If you have symptoms of coronavirus, you should self-isolate at home and get tested.
This is essential to stop the spread of the virus. If you are asked to self-isolate through NHS testing and tracing, please follow these tips even if you feel well as it will protect those around you.
I have made it clear to the government that further restrictions must go hand in hand with additional economic support to protect businesses that have already struggled so hard with the pandemic.
The government’s own scientific advice argues for a stricter national lockdown for a short time – a so-called “circuit breaker.” I share this view and urge the government to follow the advice so that the residents of Lambeth can stay safe.
At Lambeth, we are stepping up our role in contract testing and monitoring programs, making sure residents are aware of the new restrictions and putting plans in place to ensure businesses and residents comply with them.
In March, our collective efforts and sacrifices helped bring an end to what at the time seemed like an unstoppable increase in cases. I believe that if we take the advice and exercise caution and judgment, we can do it again and help protect our friends, family and neighbors.
More information on the new restrictions, including information on which businesses can remain open and childcare, can be found here: gov.uk/coronavirus.