Richmond residents are being urged not let their guards down after the Government delayed the easing of lockdown restrictions until 19 July.
Last night, the Prime Minister announced that due to the rise in cases, and concerns around the faster spreading DELTA variant of concern, he would delay the further easing of lockdown measures until 19 July.
Responding to the announcement, Cllr Gareth Roberts, Leader of Richmond Council, said:
“I know the delay in easing all the COVID-19 restrictions will be a huge disappointment to all those who have been looking forward to life returning to normal and particularly to people whose livelihoods continue to be affected. We remain resolute that the Government must step-up and provide support for all those businesses who are seeing a financial loss due to the ongoing restrictions.
“However, with our COVID numbers on the rise, and our surrounding boroughs having to go through surge testing, there is no other choice. The DELTA variant is virulent.
“Whilst we can be very pleased with progress in vaccinating people in Richmond, we haven’t got to the point where enough people are vaccinated to control this new variant fully.
“If you have symptoms, you and your household must isolate, and you must have a PCR test. If you are a close contact of someone who tests positive, you also need to isolate.
“Remember that you can have COVID-19 and spread it to others while having few or no symptoms yourself. This makes it important that everyone takes advantage of the free lateral flow tests that are available and take a test twice a week to make sure they are not carrying and spreading the virus.
“Everyone in Richmond has worked incredibly hard over the months to help keep the virus under control and it would be a huge shame to see all these efforts go to waste by relaxing the restrictions a few weeks too early.”