This weekend sees the start of the next phase of lockdown changes. Updates below detail what is changing in Southwark and how you can play your part in keeping yourself and others safe. However, the virus hasn’t gone away. Please stay at home when you can and always observe social distancing. If you go somewhere and it’s crowded, go home.
Southwark Stands Together update
Previously, I shared with you our plans to tackle injustice and racial inequality experienced by Black and Minority Ethnic communities. Our Southwark Stands Together initiative, which is being led Cllr Situ, Cabinet Member for Growth and Planning, has now started.
As part of the work we are carrying out a listening exercise with communities across the borough. We want to hear from everyone and particularly residents from Black and Minority Ethnic backgrounds. Register your interest in joining one of our online listening events – we still have some places left and we will accommodate as many people as we can.
Cllr Peter John
Get tested if you have coronavirus symptoms
Get a test as soon as possible if you have coronavirus symptoms (a high temperature, a new persistent cough or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste). A testing centre will be at Belair Park on 5 and 6 July. If you have symptoms you must also must self-isolate, as should members of your household and anyone in your support bubble.
Update on lockdown changes
Update on playgrounds, sports courts and outdoor gyms
In line with government guidance we are beginning to open our playgrounds and sports courts from 4 July with outdoor gyms to follow next week. Please use these facilities responsibly – keep your distance from others and wash your hands before and after use. If they are crowded please come back another time.
Update on shops, cafes and pubs
We are working with businesses to help them reopen safely, in line with government guidance. Businesses will be working hard to make things safe for customers, please help them and others by:
Keeping your distance from other customers
Respecting local residents
Using the toilets provided
Temporary closure of Rye Lane in Peckham
From 6 July we will temporarily close Rye Lane to all vehicle traffic. The closure will help people to maintain social distancing and will help to ensure the safety of shoppers, pedestrians and cyclists.
Face coverings are now compulsory on all public transport and should be considered in busy shops and enclosed public spaces. Find out how to make your own face covering at home and remember the key is to cover both the mouth and nose.
Are you worried about domestic abuse?
If you or someone you know is suffering from domestic abuse, you can leave home to seek help or support. Nationally, there is advice and support available but you should call 999 if you are in immediate danger. Locally, the Solace Advocacy and Support Service is also available to women and men in Southwark aged 16 or over.