We know that it’s been difficult over the last few weeks, but the good news is that cases in Merton are stabilising, but the faster we see a reduction in new cases, the sooner we can get back to what we love.
One if the evidence based ways that we can stop transmission of the virus, and therefore reduce new cases, is by self-isolating and getting a test as soon as you spot any symptoms (high temperature, a new continuous cough or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste).
There is good availability of tests and you should be able to access a test quickly and locally; we already have a testing site at Merton College and we have a second testing centre opening in late November in Mitcham, so stay tuned for more details.
- If you have coronavirus symptoms, you must stay at home and self-isolate for 10 days from when your symptoms started. You must also book a coronavirus test at one of our testing sites or for home delivery: www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or call 119
- People identified as having been in close contact with someone who has tested positive will be contacted by Test and Trace and told to stay at home for 14 days from the point of that contact, even if they do not have symptoms.
- Self-isolation means not leaving your home for any reason – even for exercise, food shopping or collecting medication. This will minimise the risk that you unknowingly spread the virus to others and help protect your friends, family, colleagues and community.
- The police also have the power to investigate and fine those who do not follow the rules without a valid reason. This includes employers who do not allow staff to stay at home when they have been told to self-isolate.
You may be entitled to a one-off payment of £500 through the NHS Test and Trace Support Payment scheme if you are required to stay at home and self-isolate and will lose income as a result.