Following the announcement that the London Borough of Sutton is now in Tier 2 Sutton Council has issued this statement:
Sutton, along with the rest of London, has now moved into Tier 2 (COVID alert level high), as announced yesterday.
While Sutton has one of the lower rates of infection in London, cases are rising rapidly, so it is important that we all follow Tier 2 guidelines (COVID alert level high) in order to stay safe, protect our loved ones and ensure that we can keep local schools and businesses open.
Cllr Ruth Dombey, Leader of Sutton Council, says:
“I know that every new restriction will have an impact on our communities and will introduce new challenges in what has already been an incredibly challenging year.
“In Sutton, we have worked extremely hard since the start of the pandemic, with our partners in the NHS, the voluntary sector and our local residents to make sure that people who need support have it. And we stand ready to do the same over the coming months as we live with the new restrictions and challenges that this virus will pose to our city and our communities.
“The pandemic has affected us all in some way. Every Sutton resident has played their part in working to keep Sutton safe. I have no doubt that Sutton’s community will pull together once more.”
Throughout the pandemic, the response across Sutton has seen the community, voluntary and statutory organisations, residents and businesses working together to ensure that people were kept safe, services delivered, and that the spread of the virus was minimised as far as possible.
Whether disseminating public health guidelines, signposting people to the right place for support, or volunteering to provide support directly, each member of this partnership has been vital to our local response.
Councillor Dombey this week wrote to individuals within Sutton who were shielding at the start of the pandemic and those who received support through our community hub, reassuring them that support is still available from the Council and partners.
Cllr Dombey, with Council Chief Executive Helen Bailey and Director of Public Health Dr Imran Choudhury will host a Sutton COVID ‘summit’ in the coming days to discuss with local community leaders the impact on local communities and to support local preparations for the next phase of the Coronavirus pandemic.