21 October 2020
I wanted to let you know what we, as a council, are doing to help residents and businesses with the move to COVID alert ‘high’.
We are committed to protecting the health of our borough and working in partnership with Public Health and colleagues at Surrey County Council, our officers have been:
- Contacting businesses throughout Elmbridge to ensure they know their responsibilities, have all the information they need and to answer their questions. This includes hospitality businesses, close contact businesses such as barbers and beauticians and retailers throughout the borough.
- Supporting visitor attractions is also on our radar and we have been working with Brooklands Museum and Painshill for example to make sure everyone is doing their bit to stop the spread of the virus.
- Contacting faith groups, churches and sports clubs to provide the necessary guidelines and advice on ‘high’ level restrictions.
- Working with partners at education and health, schools, colleges, early years settings, health centres and GP surgeries to ensure they have the latest guidelines.
- Increasing our communications to residents and distributing essential messages and answering queries through our numerous communications channels including social media, our residents email newsletter and our website.
We are determined to support Elmbridge at this time.
Our plan is that by taking swift and decisive action now and by ensuring compliance across the borough we will help stop the spread of COVID-19 and do everything possible to prevent further restrictions being implemented in the future.
I know many of you are questioning the decision to move to ‘high’ but rest assured the decision was not taken lightly. Many factors were considered not least cases per 100,000 (7 and 14 days), contact tracing data, population density and direction and speed of travel of cases.
We continue to review case data for Elmbridge and we are all working to ensure that the restrictions in place will make a positive impact on the health and safety of Elmbridge.
I feel we are all in this together and I have no doubt that we can all pull together to come out the other side of this pandemic.
Many thanks for your continued support.
Councillor Stuart Selleck, Leader, Elmbridge Borough Council
Maybe of interest:
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.
What this means is that the rate of COVID infections in the borough has risen to a level which demands swift action to stop the spread of the virus.
The list of Tier 2 measures can be found on the Government’s website. Most notably, Tier 2 prohibits people socialising outside of their household or bubble in any indoor setting, whether at home or in a public place.
I know this will come as a blow to many of our residents and businesses. However, I would like to reassure our residents that Elmbridge Borough Council is doing all we can to help protect the residents of our borough. We are working with Public Health, with Surrey County Council and with other partners to communicate the message far and wide so as a community we can work to lower COVID cases in Elmbridge.
We are also working on increasing mobile testing units and the use of home testing kits in the borough and bringing in COVID ambassadors to help advise and answer any questions from our residents (there will be more information on this in the coming days).
Officers and Councillors from around the council are coordinating to ensure we support our residents and businesses as we act together to protect our borough and to stop the spread of this virus.
We thank you for your support.
Councillor Stuart Selleck
Leader, Elmbridge Borough Council