COVID-19: Urgent information as London moves into Level 2 restrictions


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Dear resident

COVID-19 numbers are rising rapidly in Southwark and across London. From midnight tomorrow (Friday) the whole of London will move to ‘Level 2’ restrictions, which means we must all follow extra rules to help stop the spread of COVID-19.Rates have been rising rapidly in Southwark and across London and are now classed as HIGH. We need to act now to help save lives and livelihoods.

New rules for London

New restrictions will be in place in Southwark and London. The key new rule that affects us all is:

You must not socialise with anybody other than members of your household or support bubble in any indoor setting, whether at home or in a public place

The attached leaflet sets out more information on the new rules, which include:

Social mixing between households is not allowed indoors, including in homes, pubs or restaurants.
The ‘Rule of Six’ will continue to apply outdoors, including in private gardens.
Restaurants, cafes and pubs can remain open but must close by 10pm, and will need to follow the ban on households mixing indoors
Retail, schools, public transport and universities will remain open.

You can also read the government guidance for more detail about the new restrictions.

Continue to follow national guidance

The new measures are in addition to the national rules and guidance so please continue to:

1. Keep your distance
2. Wash your hands
3. Wear a face covering
4. Self-isolate if you have symptoms while you arrange a test, or if you are advised to because you have been near to someone else who has tested positive

If you are worried about the impact of the new restrictions, or about self-isolating, there is support available. Whether you have a practical concern like how you will get groceries, a mental health issue like being alone, or how it will affect your finances – the council can help. Our Community Hub is still available to offer advice and support.

Visit http://www.southwark.gov.uk/covidsupport for more information or contact the Community Hub at covidsupport@southwark.gov.uk or call 020 7525 5000.

Alongside the support the council is providing, I will be continuing to urge Government to ensure that additional financial support is in place for individuals and local businesses who are affected by the restrictions.I know this is an unsettling time for residents and I want to say thank you for everything you are doing to help keep us all safe. The new restrictions will be very hard for us all, especially for those who have already sacrificed a great deal for the sake of their own health and that of others. However, it is so important that we act now, before the rates spiral out of control, and many more lives are needlessly lost.

Thank you for helping to keep Southwark safe.

Cllr Kieron Williams
Leader of Southwark Council

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