The Mayor of London has sent out an awareness letter to Londoners to explain the city’s current situation, following the news that London could expect a second wave of the virus much worse than that first one.
The Government also announced on Monday that the M25 could be used to seal off the capital if there is a second spike. This means Londoners could be advised not to travel past the M25 effectively isolating the city and around 10 million people from the rest of the country.
The Mayor has written to the Prime Minister to express “great surprise ” at the plan which he described as totally unacceptable and an affront to London and Londoners.
Below is the full text of the Mayor’s open letter to the city:
I want to be honest with you. Across the UK, figures from the Office of National Statics show that community transmission of COVID-19 has increased once again.
The Government has therefore delayed reopening some businesses and has introduced new measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
What does that mean for London?
It’s even more vital that we all continue to play our part to slow the spread of this deadly virus and help save lives. This means:
- Wear a face covering on public transport, in shops, supermarkets and whenever you can’t keep a safe distance from others.
- From 8 August, you must also wear a face-covering in museums, cinemas, libraries and places of worship – but I urge you to protect others and wear them from today.
- Maintain social distancing at all times.
- Continue to limit contact with others. You can only meet in a group of up to 6 people from different households outdoors, and with only one other household indoors.
- Wash your hands regularly and carry hand santiser.
- Walk and cycle if you can. If you need to travel, avoid peak times.
- If you, or someone in your household feels unwell, stay at home. If you develop COVID-19 symptoms, request a test immediately by calling 119 or by visiting the website: nhs.uk/coronavirus
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Everyone in our city has played their part to slow the spread of COVID-19. I know that the Government’s delay in further opening the economy is a huge financial blow for many Londoners. I will do everything in my power to lobby the Government to continue to provide businesses in our city with the support they desperately need.
Mayor of London,