England has moved into a new national lockdown. This is essential because the new variant of COVID-19 is spreading very quickly and our local hospitals are days away from being full.
Infections are rapidly increasing in all age groups and all parts of our borough and city, with over 2,000 cases in Southwark in the last week.
Now, more than ever, we all need to stay at home and follow the rules to protect the NHS and to save lives.
Stay at home rules
The new national lockdown means we are all legally required to stay at home, and to only go out for specific reasons, including:
- to shop for basic necessities, for you or a vulnerable person
- to go to work if you cannot work from home
- for exercise once a day in your local area (this can be with the people who live in your household or in your support bubble or with one other person)
- to meet people in your support bubble or childcare bubble, but only if you are legally permitted to form one
- to get medical help (including getting a COVID-19 test) or avoid injury, illness or risk of harm (including domestic abuse)
- to attend education or childcare for those eligible
Read the full details of what you can and cannot do during the new lockdown.
I know this is another incredibly difficult time for many of you, especially those looking after children or with elderly relatives, those who are sick, or shielding, and many more in very difficult circumstances.
We will do all that we can to support you, providing help from the council for local people and businesses. My greatest hope is that if we all play our part now, and with the vaccine already being rolled out in Southwark, things will get easier soon.
Thank you and stay safe,