Your choices can limit the spread

16 December 2020

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

Brent is in now in the very high alert Tier 3 level of coronavirus restrictions, because COVID-19 cases are rising quickly in London. Last week there were 727 confirmed coronavirus cases in Brent - a huge rise of 290 cases from the previous week. We must protect ourselves and our loved ones. It's really important that we all limit our contact with others wherever possible. Otherwise we run the risk that the NHS won’t be able to cope.

The new rules force us all to think really carefully about our choices, now and over Christmas. Around one in three people who have the virus don’t have symptoms. Given the situation we’re in, the simple question to ask yourself is: are the actions you take over the coming days and weeks likely to slow the spread of the virus or make things worse?

It’s been a tough year for everyone and the new restrictions come at a difficult time when many of us would normally be out shopping and looking forward to spending time with our friends and loved ones over the Christmas and New Year holidays. But this year our kindness and love could kill.

The virus doesn’t know it’s Christmas and it thrives on human contact. Simply hugging your nanny and grandad or your boyfriend or girlfriend, if they don’t live with you, could spread the virus and put vulnerable people at risk of serious infection and even death. So please focus on the decisions you make, so that we can protect each other and look forward to a brighter 2021 together as the vaccine begins to be rolled out

This situation won’t last forever so please do follow the rules, protect the NHS and saves lives. If you do have to leave home, as always, please makes sure that you keep your distance, wash your hands frequently and wear you face covering in open public spaces.

Above all: Don’t give the gift of COVID this Christmas.

Thank you to staff in early years settings and schools across Brent

I want to thank all staff in early years settings and schools for their exceptional work this term to stay open in line with government and Public Health England advice and guidelines. Their dedication to ensuring that the children and young people of Brent get the best education experience possible in these highly challenging circumstances is humbling. 

Brent Council has been working closely with all settings and schools, providing support and coordination where needed and always placing the health and safety of children first.  This has included advising individual schools where pupils or staff have needed to self-isolate, groups of pupils have had to be sent home or remote online teaching and learning has had to be implemented. 

Settings and schools in Brent have been determined in their resolve to deliver the best education offer to all our children and will continue to do so in the months ahead to ensure that all children in Brent succeed with the full support of the council. 

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