“I know this is not the news that anyone wanted at this time. Sadly, since London came out of the second national lockdown at the beginning of the month, rates of COVID-19 have continued to rise across the capital. In some boroughs the rapid rate of increase is causing significant concern among public health officials and something must be done now to stop the spread.
“Infections in Ealing are thankfully lower than in many other boroughs and I want to thank everyone for continuing to follow the rules which has helped to save the lives of our most vulnerable residents. If you do have symptoms, please immediately get a COVID-19 test and self-isolate.
“Under Tier 3, restaurants, cafes and bars must close and can only provide a take-away service. The impact on the hospitality sector is deeply worrying and I know this is going to hit those businesses hard. We are calling for more support from government to help impacted business through this very difficult period.
“Tighter restrictions mean that some families will find it even more difficult over the winter months, so today we announced a COVID-19 winter grant for families on low incomes which can be applied for on the council’s website. Also, eligible families will automatically be receiving supermarket vouchers to help with keeping children and parents fed this holiday period.
“I know that this is going to be a very different Christmas for many of us and it is difficult not to see all the people you would normally celebrate with and to take part in the festivities. With vaccinations starting there is more hope than ever that there is a way out of this situation at some point next year. In the meantime, please ensure you follow the new restrictions and continue to follow the hands, face, space rules. This is how we get back to normal as soon as possible, protect lives and safeguard our economy.”
People on low incomes who are self-isolating may be eligible for a Test and Trace support payment. Residents in financial crisis who cannot pay for food can also call 020 8825 7170. More information on support available from the council can be found on the Ealing Together website and council website.
Clinically vulnerable people need to take extra care to protect themselves by strictly maintaining social distancing, meeting outside if possible, and keeping the number of different people they meet low.