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Lockdown is not yet over: A message from Cllr Muhammed Butt, Leader of Brent Council

11 May 2020

Last night, like many of you, I sat indoors watching the Prime Minister address the nation on TV. Although many people have understandably told me they were left confused by the statement, it was clear to me that we still have a long way to go to defeat this virus, and we are not yet close to returning to life as it was before.

I hope that the Prime Minister will be able to provide Parliament with more details this afternoon. In the meantime, I want to be clear with everyone in Brent that the lockdown has not been lifted. Social distancing measures – staying two metres away from people you don’t live with – are still in place. And we must still stay at home as much as possible and continue to do all the things we have been doing so far to keep your loved ones safe, like washing your hands regularly and only going out when absolutely necessary.

We all need to continue to play our part in stopping the spread of coronavirus. When you are out, keep a safe two-metre distance from others at all times. Don’t use public transport for unnecessary journeys. We need to make sure that all key workers are able to get to work so that they are able to help keep everyone safe.

As the Prime Minister told people to drive to work, the number of drivers on our roads has shot up overnight. This means we’ve had to return to parking enforcement as usual. Tube stations, like Queensbury, and roads, such as the North Circular, are busier than they have been over the last seven weeks. If you really have to travel, please avoid rush hour. If you can, please walk or cycle whenever possible.

Looking ahead, the Government has set out a gradual approach to bring the UK out of the current lockdown, carefully monitoring the impact at each stage. This is essential for avoiding a disastrous second peak that could overwhelm the NHS.

In the last two months, through adversity, we’ve seen the best of Brent. The fantastic community spirit shown across Brent, has bought us closer together like never before. However, we need to keep this up. So I urge you, please continue to abide by the rules. Stay at home as much as possible and, if you do go out, keep your distance to protect the NHS and save lives.

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