The lockdown is not over

That is the message from Ealing Council, which is taking a cautious approach to reopening its services that puts the safety of residents and staff first. 

Social distancing measures are still in place and all residents need to continue playing their part in stopping the virus spreading. You must continue stay at home as much as possible, including working from home if possible, and limit contact with others.

Five ways to protect yourself and others

  • Stay at home as much as possible, and work at home if you can.
  • Avoid public transport. Walk or cycle instead.
  • When you go out, stay at least two metres (six foot) away from others and wear a face covering when you go into shops and other enclosed spaces. 
  • Wash your hands regularly.
  • If you or anyone in your household has COVID-19 symptoms, you must all self-isolate for 14 days. 

‘Stay at home as much as possible’ 
Councillor Julian Bell, the leader of Ealing Council, said: “The COVID-19 lockdown is still very much in place and, although the government has announced changes to some of the rules, not a lot has changed for most of us. You should continue to stay at home as much as possible, including working from home if you can.

“The social distancing rules are more important than ever. When we do go out, we must all keep two metres apart from others at all times. Exercise and sports in our parks should be done with members of our own households or a maximum of one other person.

“We are looking at the government’s new guidelines to understand the impact on reopening any of our currently closed services. We will only do that once we put in place any procedures that are needed to protect the health and safety of our residents and workers.”

More details of the council’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic can be found here

If you have symptoms of COVID-19, visit www.111.nhs.uk or call 111 for more advice.