As surge testing is now in place in neighbouring borough Hounslow, Richmond residents are reminded to follow the rules and not to travel to the area unless totally necessary.
The newest COVID-19 variant, first identified in India, spreads more easily from person to person. Whilst surge testing is well underway in Hounslow, Richmond residents are asked to take extra caution.
The Government has asked people not to travel into the area, unless it is essential e.g. work (if you cannot work from home) or education. Anyone who does need to travel into the Hounslow area is reminded to:
- Meet outside rather than inside where possible
- Keep two metres apart from people you don’t live with
- Get tested twice a week and isolate if you are positive
- Get vaccinated when you are offered it.
If you do display any symptoms of COVID-19, you should self-isolate immediately and arrange to have a PCR test as soon as possible.
Cllr Gareth Roberts, Leader of Richmond Council, said:
“I am disappointed that these new rules were introduced with no consultation or prior warning. Whilst I understand the situation is always changing, it is essential that changes to the rules are delivered in partnership with the relevant local area – rather than introduced by stealth.
“However, the new variant is concerning. And we need to support Hounslow to help them get it under control, whilst ensuring it does not spread into Richmond upon Thames.
“The rules are simple, do not travel to Hounslow unless you need to. And if you do, remember hands, face, space and ventilate and take a COVID rapid test twice a week.
“We will continue to monitor the situation in Hounslow carefully over the next few days.”