From today, Merton has been placed in Tier 2: High Alert. This is for areas with a higher or rapidly rising level of infections, where some additional restrictions need to be in place.
These tiers will be strengthened compared to the previous tiers in order to prevent a return to growing infections.
The Tier system will be reviewed every two weeks, with the first review on 16th December. It is now up to all of us to follow the rules and do what we can to keep Merton safe and prevent London cases from rising and from us moving up into Tier 3, the highest level of restrictions.
Full details about the national restrictions and the number of new cases of COVID-19 reported in Merton are on our website: merton.gov.uk/coronavirus.
Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Public Health, Rebecca Lanning, said:
“Huge progress has been made against COVID-19, and I want to thank you all for your commitment to following and acting on the Government measures so far. It is through your action that London has currently avoided the highest level of restrictions we have seen in some parts of the country.
“While we celebrate the great news that we can spend Christmas with our loved ones this year – with the Government announcing that up to three different households can form a Christmas bubble, that can meet in private homes, in their garden, places of worship, or public outdoor spaces, for up to five days between 23 to 27 December – it is important we continue to follow the measures that will keep our community safe.
“This means maintaining social distance, washing your hands, and wearing a face covering where required. If you have symptoms, please stay at home with the rest of your household and get tested as soon as possible. There are now two testing sites in the borough which can be booked through the national nhs.uk/coronavirus website or via 119. If you are asked to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace or the NHS COVID-19 app, please follow this advice.
“While the festive season is often a time for celebration, I know that for many, particularly those whose livelihoods will be impacted by business restrictions, this year will be an incredibly challenging time. If you are struggling in any way, you can get information on how to access support from the Community Response Hub on email@example.com or calling 020 8685 2272
“Our Merton community has already pulled together in an unprecedented way to support those in greatest need during the pandemic, and this Christmas, we’re asking for you to continue to help bring Merton Together. This could be volunteering your time, donating money or food, or supporting local business by shopping local where you can, ordering from local delivery services and leaving good reviews for businesses. Find out more on our Merton Together webpage.”