Protect loved ones and stick to lockdown rules
7 January 2021
Runnymede is part of the England-wide lockdown and Council Leader Nick Prescot has issued an open letter to all residents asking everyone to be responsible and follow the rules, which were made law by Parliament on 6 January.
Dear Runnymede resident,
Runnymede has joined the rest of England in a national lockdown so by law, you must stay at home, except for a small number of reasons.
This is not welcome news, but it is essential to tackle Coronavirus, particularly the new variant, as increased infection rates are putting the NHS under significant strain.
It is only by sticking to the Lockdown requirements that we can help contain infection levels in order to relieve the pressure on our hospitals.
Surrey now has one of the highest infection rates per 100,000 people in the UK. The infection rate across the county increased by 46 per cent between 19-25 December and 26 December 2020-1 January 2021.
In some districts and boroughs one person in every five tested were Covid-19 positive. Over the fourteen-day period up to 5 January 2021, hospital admissions across Surrey, with people suffering from Covid-19, increased by 140 per cent.
I would like to remind you of some of the conditions of the lockdown, which are very similar to those we lived under during spring last year.
Stay at home
Primarily, you must not leave your home except where you have a 'reasonable excuse'.
This is now a legal requirement, and the police can fine you if you leave home for other purposes.
Read the only reasons you can leave home on the government website.
Even if you do have an excuse, rules exist around the numbers of people you can meet outdoors, including in open spaces:
- You cannot meet socially with anyone who you do not live with or are not in a support bubble with.
- You may exercise outdoors on your own, with one other person, or with your household or support bubble.
- You should not meet other people you do not live with, or have formed a support bubble with, unless for a permitted reason.
- Stay two metres apart from anyone not in your household.
Parents - please explain the importance of these rules to your children, especially teenagers. They too have a responsibility not to spread the virus and are covered by the laws now in place.
If you have previously been told you are clinically extremely vulnerable, you should start shielding again. The Government will write to you imminently with more information. The Council is here to help, call our staff on 01932 838383 if needed.
Unlike the previous lockdowns, this time we have vaccinations available, which should bring hope to all of us.
Vaccination centres will be set up locally, and you will be contacted when it is your turn to be treated, so there is no need to call your GP or other parts of the NHS.
Vaccinations will always be free and you will never be asked for bank details, if you are, do not hand them over.
You can read here the government's full advice on the lockdown. Please stick to what we are all being asked to do, whatever your feelings on the timeliness of announcements or the politics of the situation, people's health is at stake.
Cllr Nick Prescot, Leader, Runnymede Borough Council