I hope you are keeping as well as possible. As you may have seen today, the Government has announced a package of significant changes to lockdown rules with effect from July 4th. The latest Government guidance – updated on 6th July to reflect these changes – can be viewed here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do
I would still very much urge you to stay home as much as you can. While the rules have changed, the science behind this virus has not, it is still very infectious and deadly. All you have done to stay at home has saved lives.
Thank you for everything you have done for our local community during this incredibly challenging time. Everyone on the Putney Coronavirus Mutual Support Group Facebook page has been amazing! I know our care for each other that has been shown across Putney, Southfields and Roehampton has shown the best of our community.
I have weekly surgeries and local zoom meetings – do get in touch to meet me or invite me along.
As ever, if there is anything I can help you with please do email me: email@example.com
*Key changes that will be implemented from 4th July:*
📏 *Social Distancing*
The social distancing will be reduced from two metres to ‘one metre plus’. This means staying one metre apart, whilst taking precautions to minimise the risk of transmission (things like wearing masks and additional hand sanitiser use). I’d still strongly urge everyone to keep good distance between each other. At 2m the risk of infection is very very low, at 1.5m the chance of infection increases exponentially.
Restaurants and pubs are able to reopen, but contact between customers and staff will be limited and table service only. Customers will need to provide contact details when entering a pub or restaurant to assist tracing operations should they be needed.
You will also be able to stay away from home overnight, with hotels, B&Bs, cottages, campsites, and caravan parks able to reopen.
Follow local Putney businesses opening: https://shopappy.com/putney/
❔ *What else is opening?*
Places of worship, hairdressers, community centres, libraries, bingo halls, cinemas, museums, galleries, theme parks, leisure centres and social clubs will also be able to reopen.
👬 *Family and friends*
We can still meet up to six people from different households, outdoors, while socially distancing. In addition, two households of any size will be able to meet indoors or outside. This does not have to be the same household, but can be different households on different days. It is possible to stay overnight. It is not recommended that multiple households meet indoors due to infection risk.
Subject to social distancing, weddings with up to 30 guests will also be able to take place.
⛔ *What is staying closed for now?*
Nightclubs, casinos, spas, swimming pools, nail salons, and indoor soft play centres. Live performances are still unable to go ahead at theatres and other venues, but specific guidance on this is to follow.
🦌 Richmond Park is still closed for traffic. Cyclists are allowed during the week and cycling for key workers or with under 12s is welcome at weekends. Check their website for updates.
I’ve set up a Facebook support group for local residents to share what support they can offer and so we can all help each other. You can join the group by clicking here. See below for more information about community groups providing support.