A new three-tier system of coronavirus restrictions is being introduced in England from midnight tonight. This is in addition to the national Government guidelines which are already in force.
The Local COVID Alert Levels are medium, high and very high. These are set depending on the number of cases in each council area.
Merton, along with the rest of London, is currently at the medium alert level. This means the current national rules continue to apply. Pubs, bars and restaurants must close at 10pm and the rule of six (the number of people who can meet up) applies both indoors and outdoors.
This is in addition to following the social distancing rules, working from home when you can, and planning safe travel routes.
Full details about the Local COVID Alert Levels and the number of new cases reported in Merton can be found on our website.
The Leader of Merton Council, Councillor Stephen Alambritis MBE, said: “Although Merton is currently at the medium alert level, cases of COVID-19 in the borough have increased significantly in recent weeks and the situation could change rapidly.
“These restrictions will only be effective if they are followed. We must all do our bit to help prevent the spread of the virus by washing our hands regularly, social distancing and wearing a face covering in enclosed spaces. Self-isolating is essential if you have symptoms of the virus and are booking a test or if you are asked to do so by NHS Test and Trace.
“This is a very anxious time for everyone, but I know we will all, once again, pull together to support each other and to protect the most vulnerable people in our community.”
Financial support is available for those on a low income who are unable to work as a result of going into self-isolation. These payments, worth £500, are available if you are in receipt of certain benefits, or if you can prove that self-isolation will cause you extraordinary financial hardship. If you think you might be eligible, visit our Test and Trace Self-Isolation Support Payment page.
The COVID-19 Community Response Hub, run in partnership by Merton Voluntary Service Council, Age UK Merton and Wimbledon Guild continues to provide support for those at most risk of developing a serious illness if they catch COVID-19 and isolated households.
The NHS COVID-19 app is available in ten languages. Download it on your smartphone.