Following a significant rise in the number of coronavirus cases, the government has announced that London will move to Tier 2 COVID-19 measures from midnight on Friday 16 October. This means that Hillingdon, along with all London boroughs, will move to High alert coronavirus restrictions.
As part of the new rules, you must not meet socially with friends and family indoors in any setting unless you live with them or have formed a support bubble with them. You are also encouraged to reduce the number of journeys you make, and you should work from home if possible. If you work in an essential public service, you should continue to go to work where necessary.
You will continue to be allowed to meet outdoors with up to six people from different households, and it is vital that you carry on following the existing safety precautions, including washing your hands regularly using soap and water, keeping 2 metres apart from those from outside of your household, and wearing a face covering when in enclosed indoor settings where social distancing may be difficult.
If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you must book a test immediately and self-isolate, and if you are contacted by the NHS Test and Trace service please follow their instructions.
Coronavirus can kill and therefore I urge everyone to follow the rules and guidelines that have been introduced to keep each other safe and prevent the spread of infection. While nobody wants to see more restrictions, taking this action now will help to save lives and allow us to return to the lowest alert level and a more normal life as soon as possible.
In the meantime, I'd like to reassure you that the council is monitoring the situation closely and working with public health partners to support those most in need.
Please help us to keep Hillingdon safe.