On the border: Havering Council leader warns residents as Covid cases increase

The news of the reintroduction of lockdown measures in Leicester is a warning to us all: continue to take COVID-19 seriously.

By Cllr Damian White,
Leader, Havering Council

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I have no hesitation in reminding you again that we must remain careful. We need to follow the Government’s advice to minimise the risk of a spike in coronavirus infections locally leading to a setback in our plans to get our local economy back on its feet. We must maintain social distancing measures, wear face coverings on public transport, and wash our hands frequently.

We are aware that some people are sharing a newspaper graphic speculating that areas including Havering may be facing a lockdown due to increased cases of COVID-19. While our data shows a slight increase in the last week on the predicted number of cases that Havering was likely to have, it is nowhere near the levels where a lockdown would even be considered. In the last ten days we have only had fourteen new cases.

We have worked hard with businesses to create COVID-19 secure town centres and I am looking forward to our high streets getting back to their bustling best. But we have to take careful steps as we move forward so that we don’t undo all the sacrifices we have made since March.

The further away you are from someone who may have the virus the less likely you are of catching it. So please follow the social distancing signs around our borough and in our shops.

Whatever you are planning to do this Saturday, or next week, whether it’s a long overdue haircut, a meal with the family, or a beer in a pub garden, do it safely and considerately, and think of others.

Lastly, COVID-19 has been particularly bad news for some of the most vulnerable in our society. This includes adopted children and children subject to Special Guardianship orders.

You can read later in this bulletin details of extra support that will help families in these situations cope with the additional difficulties that COVID-19 has brought with it. These children will already have experienced many traumatic issues during their young lives, so it’s crucial that their adoptive parents receive all the help and support they need to help them improve their homes lives.

If you would like to contact me directly, please email me.

Please stay safe.

Cllr Damian White,

Leader, Havering Council

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