Elmbridge COVID-19 statements

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Messages from the Leader of Elmbridge Borough Council.

26 November 2020: As you will have seen, Elmbridge and the rest of Surrey will be in Tier 2 from 2 December. We have all worked incredibly hard to bring down the levels of COVID in Elmbridge and we do not underestimate that determination and sacrifice. While our case levels are coming down, they are still high and we must continue to respect the restrictions and rules in place.

Yes, we will have fewer restrictions than the November lockdown and yes we have the easing of restrictions at Christmas to look forward to, but we will must continue to keep our distance, wash our hands and wear face coverings where regulated.

I am proud of how our community has come together to protect and support each other during this pandemic and the next few winter months will be no exception. There will be a time when COVID is a memory rather than a daily reality but in the meantime we must continue to keep ourselves, our families and our communities safe.

My very best wishes

Cllr Stuart Selleck, Leader of Elmbridge Borough Council

National restrictions

3 November 2020: As we enter new national restrictions (happening on 5 November) I want to update you on how Elmbridge Borough Council will continue to support our residents and businesses at this challenging time.

  • Our older and vulnerable residents need our support more than ever. Shielding may not be in place in the same way as earlier this year but our clinically extremely vulnerable will need support and we will assess those needs in partnership with the voluntary sector. Our meals on wheels support will continue thanks to the dedication of our officers and volunteers.
  • Our local businesses continue to feel the impact of Government restrictions and we are working with Government and business support organisations, including the Chambers of Commerce and the Federation of Small Businesses to ensure our businesses receive all the financial help available to them.
  • We will continue to provide a listening ear to those with dementia and their carers, as well as those with special needs who are part of our Cobham and Molesey Link groups.
  • Our mental and physical health is more important than ever during this lockdown and indeed this winter and we are developing ideas and suggestions to help you enjoy our woodlands and green spaces safely, as well as access Elmbridge Museum talks and cultural events online.
  • Our housing officers will continue to provide the necessary support to those who are homeless or vulnerably housed.
  • The waste collection service for Elmbridge will continue, as will other services such as planning and elections preparation. 

Our website, resident enewsletter and social media will not only have details on national restrictions and the council services impacted, but will also bring you advice and ideas on activities to support your mental and physical health, as well as details of the business support available.

Together, we will get through this and there will be a time when COVID-19 does not impact our daily lives but for now we must follow the guidelines and look after ourselves and each other. 

Stay safe!

Cllr Stuart Selleck, Leader, Elmbridge Borough Council

The government's new tier system and Elmbridge moving to tier 2

16 October 2020

Following the Government’s announcement earlier this week of a new alert tiering system for COVID-19, the borough of Elmbridge has been moved to Tier 2 –‘high’, taking effect from one minute past midnight on Saturday 17 October. 

View the full statement regarding moving to tier 2

Supporting our residents

14 May 2020

Throughout the pandemic, supporting our residents, especially our most vulnerable residents, has been our top priority.

View the full statement regarding supporting residents

Re-opening of cemeteries

20 April 2020

Councillor Stuart Selleck: “I welcome the Government’s decision to re-open cemeteries. Elmbridge cemeteries will reopen today (Monday 20 April). They are a place of comfort for many of our residents and it’s right that families should be able to visit them again. However, I would urge our residents to respect social-distancing rule when visiting cemeteries.”

Video message from the Leader of Elmbridge Borough Council

9 April 2020

Councillor Stuart Selleck, the Leader of Elmbridge Borough Council has prepared a video message for the residents of Elmbridge.

Joint Leaders statement 

8 April 2020

Dear Elmbridge Residents 

During this pandemic health emergency we have all had to adapt very quickly to restrictions on our normal lifestyles in order to slow, and hopefully stop, the spread of the Covid-19 virus. It is therefore no surprise that in our Borough with lots to do and great recreation facilities this has been quite a shock for all of us, especially when it seems that the easing of the restrictions is some time away.

As the Leaders of all the main political groups on Elmbridge Council we have come together to ask you to listen to the advice given by the Government and to recognise that the intention now is to collectively safeguard the health of our families and our wider community. We need to comply with the key messages; that we should only go out for essential food supplies, for brief exercise or because you are an essential worker.  We should avoid social gatherings or any close social contact outside the household that you live with.

If we follow this advice closely and we are strict with ourselves and our families then we will reduce the transmission of the virus and we will see a return to a more normal way of life much more quickly.

 In times of emergency like this it is for us as community leaders to be clear in our advice and reassurance. It is also necessary for us to take tough and sometimes unpopular decisions for the greater long term good of the wider community. This is why we have agreed, with great reluctance, to close most of our open space car parks and access to our cemeteries.  This is to discourage and indeed prevent people from travelling to places, often over long distances, to exercise or gather in places where social distancing will be difficult to maintain.

We recognise the sensitivities but the key is to only go to open spaces that are local to you, that you can walk to and at times when you can be sure that social distancing of more than 2 meters from anyone can be maintained at all times.

As we come to Easter, and with some better weather in prospect, the temptation to go outside will be strong but we ask that you show the greatest restraint and understanding in order to protect the health of you, your family and the wider community. If we do this now the outcomes for all of us will be positive and we can all look forward to better times ahead.

Yours sincerely
Cllr Stuart Selleck
Leader of the Council, Residents’ Association Group
Cllr Andrew Davis
Deputy Leader of the Council, Liberal Democrats Group
Cllr James Browne
Leader, Conservative Group
Cllr Janet Turner
Leader, Hinchley Wood Residents’ Association Group 

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