New COVID-19 restrictions: Stay at home
4 November 2020
An important message from Councillor Muhammed Butt, Leader of Brent Council:
Unfortunately, we are now bracing ourselves for increased national restrictions once again. In the first coronavirus wave, back in March, Brent was one of the boroughs hardest hit. But we got it under control by working together. The extraordinary way our communities pulled together to support one another was truly inspiring.
Our combined hard work meant that, by July, we had just nine confirmed COVID-19 cases per week. But the bad news is that cases across London, and in Brent, have been rising week by week since the end of the summer. By end of August we had more than 50 confirmed cases every week. This week, we have more than 400 cases. Tragically, this can only lead to more deaths and we know that Northwick Park Hospital is now sadly starting to see more people dying from COVID again.
So from Thursday 5 November, until at least 2 December, you must stay at home.
You may only leave your home for specific reasons, including:
- For education
- For work, if you cannot work from home
- For exercise outdoors, with people you live with or on your own with one person from another household
- For medical reasons, appointments and to escape injury or harm
- To shop for food and essentials
- To provide care for vulnerable people, or as a volunteer
- To provide childcare.
Schools, colleges, universities and Early Years settings will stay open. Essential shops will also stay open too. Non-essential shops, leisure and entertainment venues will all be closed. Pubs, bars and restaurants will also be closed, except for takeaway and delivery services. Workplaces should stay open where people cannot work from home.
If you live alone, you can still form an exclusive support bubble with one other household, and children can still move between homes if their parents are separated.
I know we all have our family, friends and loved ones in our thoughts and especially older family members or those who are clinically vulnerable. That’s why we must all follow the rules, so we can get the deadly virus back under control. This means important upcoming events like Bonfire Night and Diwali will have to be celebrated very differently.
If we all pull together, we can protect our families and loved ones, and look forward to better times ahead. Please continue to wash your hands, cover your face and keep a safe distance from others. And if you have any symptoms of COVID-19, however mild, book a test straight away.
Watch Councillor Butt's personal message to residents and businesses in Brent: