Bexley placed in ‘High Alert’ tier 2

The Government has announced the new tier system that will come into force from 2 December. London has been placed in ‘High Alert’ tier 2.

Leader of the London Borough of Council, Cllr Teresa O’Neill OBE;

I welcome the fact that Bexley and the rest of London will be moving into tier 2 when the current national restrictions end next Wednesday. It is important that we continue to follow the guidance that is currently in place until then.

The change will be welcome news for some of our hard-pressed local businesses, but it also puts a responsibility on all of us to follow the public health advice that will keep everyone safe.

The sooner the number of cases comes down, the less risk of a return to more restrictions.

We should all avoid travelling to, or staying overnight, in tier 3 areas unless it is really necessary. We think that the different tiers applying in Bexley and Dartford back in November caused an increase in cases in both our areas when people travelled between them to socialise. With Kent moving to tier 3, we need to do everything we can to stop this happening again.

With the hope of an early start to a national vaccination programme, we all need to keep doing the right things.

The best Christmas present we can give is for everyone to be safe as we move into 2021, when we can start to look to a brighter future.”

Restrictions will be relaxed for five days over the Christmas period.

Find out more about the tier 2 restrictions and information on socialising over Christmas.

Please take note of the key public health messages designed to protect us particularly on hands, space, face, the need to get a test if you have Covid symptoms and the need to self-isolate if you or someone you have been in contact with tests positive.

We now have three testing centres in the borough.

We will continue to share Covid information through our Community Championsemail newsletters and local papers.

If you have a neighbour, friend or relative who may not have online access please share the latest information with them.

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