As you may know the Government has introduced a new three tier system to help control the spread of Coronavirus. It means that the whole country is split into areas that are either Medium (Tier 1), High (Tier 2) or Very High (Tier 3) depending on the level of infection in those areas. Each of these have different levels of restrictions on going out and who you can see.
London, and therefore Kensington and Chelsea, is currently rated as Medium, which means that restrictions are the same for us now as they were last week. You must observe the rule of six, wear a face covering inside shops, bars and restaurants (until seated) and maintain at least 2m distance from people outside your household if possible.
You should still work from home if possible, but you can visit people in their homes and stay over if you maintain social distance. Wedding receptions are still taking place with up to 15 people attending and funerals will still take place with up to 30 people able to attend.
However, we are now preparing for London to enter a ‘High’ alert level (Tier 2) from Saturday 17 October, which will bring additional restrictions. You will no longer be able to meet up to five other people inside, although you can outside. In addition to your household, if you have a support bubble, you can all still meet inside as before. Care homes will be closed to all visitors, apart from exceptional circumstances. There will be care bubbles for children under 14 years old. You will be asked to keep travel to a minimum and avoid going to parts of the country that are classed as Very High (Tier 3).
Remember that the most important thing we can all do is follow the Hands, Face, Space advice of the government. Wash your hands regularly, use a face covering when social distancing is not possible and try to keep your distance from those not in your household or support bubble. If you do have symptoms you should self-isolate immediately. Book a test which you can get at home or you can go to your nearest test centre, there is on open seven days a week at Malton Road, W10 6HJ. We also have a mobile testing unit that is regularly at Kensington Olympia.
We know you’ve done a tremendous amount to help protect your family and friends, but we are going to need to carry on doing our bit for some time to come.
Director of Public Health