See in the New Year safely and at home

31 December 2020

An important message from Councillor Muhammed Butt, Leader of Brent Council:

As we come to the end of an extremely hard year, I want to say a huge thank you to all the community and mutual aid groups, volunteers, key workers and organisations who have done so much for local residents in 2020. It wasn’t the year of culture we planned, but we have seen the best of Brent in the way communities pulled together to support each other.

We are not out of the woods yet. It would be remiss of me to say otherwise. Hospital admissions are worryingly high and cases are still rising in Brent. The new COVID-19 strain means the virus is more easily spread, which makes it even more important to follow the rules. There is increased demand for hospital care and the NHS 111 service is under extreme pressure locally, so please call your GP for non-covid medical help.  

This year there will be no New Year’s Eve celebration in central London, and bars and clubs will keep their doors closed. Please stay at home and see in the New Year safely with your household or bubble. Please don’t be tempted to gather. Doing so puts your loved ones at risk, and Brent has suffered enough loss this year.

There are better times ahead. Those at the most risk have already started receiving the vaccine, thanks to our brilliant NHS. But now is not the time for complacency. Our actions can either bring us closer to a way out of this pandemic, or it can lead us right back to where we don’t want to be.

To make sure there is no doubt as to the rules, COVID-support officers have spoken to over 3,000 people and visited over 500 businesses to help them understand what they need to do. We need to follow the rules and help limit the spread.

I wish you all a happy, healthy New Year and I hope that 2021 will bring with it a return to a more normal way of life. Until then, stay safe and stay home.

Cllr Muhammed Butt

Leader, Brent Council