It was announced this week that the national lockdown in England will be lifted on 2nd December and London will move into Tier 2 of the new regional arrangements the Government has put in place. These restrictions impact on all of us differently and we understand the frustrations held by many that they cannot go about their usual activities or that their work or income have been negatively impacted by the Government’s decisions. As we move towards the Christmas period, we hope everyone will continue to show the collective strength and resolve we’ve seen from the community here in Tulse Hill.
In partnership with Public Health England, Lambeth Council launched a local COVID-19 Contact Tracing Service on 5th November to pick up on cases the national NHS Test and Trace cannot find. This service will support the national attempts to stop the spread of the virus and fill in the gaps that have been evident in the national programme. The service will also offer targeted support for vulnerable residents by linking them in with other local services to ensure they get any further help they may need. It is deeply disappointing that the government didn’t allow the Council to fulfill this role in the first place instead of wasting billions on an ineffectual and privatised service.
A local service is essential as we move out of national lockdown and into Tier 2 restrictions. Last time the failure of the national system saw cases rise and many people being going uncontacted. While prospects for the future with the vaccines remain bright, we all still need to follow the rules, maintain social distancing, and wear masks so that together we can protect people and prevent even stricter restrictions.