Elmbridge’s council leader has they are ‘committed to protecting the health of our borough and working in partnership with Public Health’ as residents face tough tier two restrictions.
It was announced last Thursday (Oct 15) that the Surrey borough would move from the lowest tier, medium, up to the next level, high alert, from 00.01am on Saturday.
Now Council leader Stuart Selleck, has said they hope that by taking “swift and decisive action now” they will be able to stop the spread of coronavirus in the area and reduce the chance of tougher restrictions.
In a statement he said: “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 communications channels including social media, our residents email newsletter and our website.
“We are determined to support Elmbridge at this time.”
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This is the latest breakdown of coronavirus cases across Surrey:
Elmbridge: 1,171 (increase of 53)
Epsom and Ewell: 618 (increase of 26)
Guildford: 1,069 (increase of 30)
Mole Valley: 608 (increase of 12)
Reigate and Banstead: 1,196 (increase of 27)
Runnymede: 666 (increase of 18)
Spelthorne: 720 (increase of 22)
Surrey Heath: 753 (increase of 17)
Tandridge: 581 (increase of 20)
Waverley: 968 (increase of 21)
Woking: 757 (increase of 25)
Elmbridge has the highest number of cases in the county – seeing a large increase in a 24 hour period.
However University cities of Exeter (rate per 100,000 population is 1,160) and Oxford (1,172) remain in tier one yet both their rates surpass tier two Elmbridge (790) and London (average 820).
Mr Selleck added: “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.”