Steve Tucker, Managing Director of Sutton Housing Partnership, said;
As I am sure you are aware, last night the Prime Minister announced a national lockdown (opens in new window) for the whole of England because of the deteriorating health situation with a new variant of the coronavirus responsible for a spiralling increase in infections.
In Sutton we have seen the figures increase to 1,044 cases per 100,000 for the seven-day period ending 30 December 2020. This is a deeply worrying situation and the government has decided we must take action now.
You must stay at home except where necessary.
You may leave your home to:
- shop for basic necessities, for you or a vulnerable person
- go to work, or provide voluntary or charitable services, if you cannot reasonably do so from home
- exercise with your household (or support bubble) or one other person, this should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area.
- meet your support bubble or childcare bubble where necessary, but only if you are legally permitted to form one
- seek medical assistance or avoid injury, illness or risk of harm (including domestic abuse)
- attend education or childcare – for those eligible
The level of testing available in Sutton is now extensive and provided everyone is following the guidance on self-isolation this will help to control the spread.
There are now two types of tests available for Sutton residents:
- If you have any Covid symptoms you can get a test at a local testing site (opens in new window) in the borough. These tests are also called PCR tests and can be booked by visiting the NHS website or calling 119.
If you don’t have any symptoms but want to get a test, you can now book a rapid test (opens in new window). These rapid coronavirus tests, which give a result within 30 minutes, are designed to test people who are asymptomatic (not showing any symptoms), who might unknowingly be a carrier of coronavirus.
I want to reassure you that all of us at Sutton Housing Partnership are committed to providing you with any support that you may need during this difficult time. I particularly wanted to thank those many kind and thoughtful residents who have gone out of their way to help others in need in their community and are helping out with deliveries of food, medications or other support.
As a reminder please note the following:
- The repairs service will continue to carry out both urgent and non-urgent repairs where tenants are comfortable with us being inside their homes and cooperate with the safety measures we have in place to prevent virus transmission. Operatives will follow strict Covid safe working methods and we make clear to tenants both in advance and upon arrival at the property to follow the guidance on staying in a separate room and maintaining a minimum distance of two metres and to notify staff if they or any of their household have Covid or are displaying any symptoms.
- If you are classed as clinically extremely vulnerable and have to stay at home then food delivery slots are available from local supermarkets. If you have any difficulty with this then contact us to help with support.
- We will carry out some essential visits to residents in Independent Living properties but will predominantly stay in touch with weekly phone calls.
- Mutual exchanges will continue if we are able to carry out processes safely but please note that you may need to use virtual viewings as home viewings are not allowed.
- Support is available on our website for victims of domestic abuse during lockdown or via the 24-hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247.
- Please continue to look out for any elderly or vulnerable neighbours who may need support and contact us if you have any concerns about them.
I would like to thank the vast majority of SHP residents who have done the right thing and are continuing to follow the important public health guidance. It is vital that at this crucial point we continue to work together to protect everyone and ensure that we are all following the rules in the national lockdown: stay at home, protect the NHS, save lives.
If you need to contact us you can:
- call or email your Housing Manager
- call 020 8915 2000
- email firstname.lastname@example.org.