This morning, I joined fellow London MPs, public health officials and Health Minister Helen Whately on a conference call regarding London being moved into the ‘high’ tier of local restrictions.
It is clear that the number of infections in London is increasing rapidly, as is the number of tests that are coming back positive. The statistics for our area are getting worse, not better, and other parts of London are seeing even more infections, hospitalisations and deaths.
This is why it is necessary for London to move into the ‘high’ tier. It is not possible to partition off parts of London, which is why we are moving into restrictions as a whole.
It is important that we come together and comply with these restrictions to help prevent the spread of the virus, and ultimately help protect our neighbours, communities and loved ones. Doing so will help protect lives, the NHS, as well as jobs and the economy by helping us reduce the spread.
You can see what these restrictions mean here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/local-covid-alert-level-high.