On Monday, the Prime Minister announced a new national lockdown in response to significant rises in the cases of Covid-19 across the UK. This means major restrictions on all of our lives, and a switch back to the “stay at home” requirement that was in place last spring. This is an even more challenging time than the first wave of Covid-19, with more cases of the virus and more people in hospital. It is absolutely imperative that we all stay at home, save lives and protect each other and our NHS.
The new restrictions allow people to leave home only to:
- Go to work if you absolutely cannot work from home
- Exercise once a day in your local area
- Seek medical care or avoid injury, illness or risk of harm (including domestic abuse)
- Care for vulnerable people or to provide or seek childcare
- And for a small number of other exemptions listed at https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
Primary and secondary schools have switched to remote learning apart from for vulnerable children and the children of key workers and this is in place until at least February half-term. Primary schools in Lambeth did not reopen this week due to the council’s intervention against the government’s decision to open schools in some parts of London, and while it is vital that children are in school as much as possible, that can only happen where it is safe to do so for pupils, their families, teachers and staff.
Please continue to follow the public health advice: wear a mask, stay at least 2 metres distance from anyone not in your household and wash your hands regularly. If you have symptoms, please follow the NHS advice and get a test. The council has also now rolled out testing for those without symptoms in sites across Lambeth – you can find out more here.
You can also access support for yourself or a vulnerable person, whether on mental health, finances, employment or support for young people on the Lambeth council website.