30 March - 3 April
As we reach the end of the second week of lockdown sadly, we’ve seen the virus affect many more lives and we continue to face the most difficult of challenges.
I want to assure you that teams across the Council, are working incredibly hard to continue to provide essential services and support to our residents. Some staff have been redeployed to help in areas where we need more resources to respond to the coronavirus.
Last week we launched our Community Support Hub in Hounslow, which has been set up to help those residents who are most vulnerable and have been identified by the NHS as ‘shielded’ and particularly those who must self-isolate for 12 weeks.
I would like to thank all the staff who have been instrumental in the planning and setting up of the Community Hub, and to all our volunteers and businesses who are helping in various roles in ensuring support is reaching all our most vulnerable residents across the borough.
At Hounslow Community Support Hub packing food and essentials.
Ready for deliveries to Hounslow’s most vulnerable residents and families.
Many of our residents and businesses in Hounslow are taking the advice of the Government and Public Health England seriously, I urge you all to continue complying with these rules. Also, to remind you to keep social distance from others (anyone not in your household), when you must leave your home for essential reasons. This is the single most important action you can take to prevent the spread of the disease further.
Our Hounslow Police Team and Enforcement Officers continue to monitor the borough and can help to ensure anyone who may not be clear on what is required of them can be encouraged to comply.
We also continue to work with the Government, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG), the NHS and other partners to ensure we are doing everything we absolutely can to support our residents and businesses through these most difficult times.
Please see links for information that you may find helpful:
- Council information and local support services is available on our website
- Community Support Hub
- Launch of the community support hub
- Council warns criminal gangs using covid to scam the public
- Council offers parking permits to over 1,000 NHS and critical workers within borough
- The latest Government guidance is available here.
- For the latest updates sign up to our coronavirus enewsletter.
It was great to see Thursday evening’s 8pm applause for all key workers including council staff – a great sense of pride for the hard work, dedication and commitment of those on the frontline helping us get through these challenging times. We should also remember supermarket staff, Royal Mail staff, delivery drivers and many more working hard to keep things moving across the country.
Thanks to all those residents who have been leaving notes of thanks for our waste and recycling officers, this has been very well received. A very big thank you to all council staff from me and all councillors for their hard work, they are our unsung heroes #clapforcouncils.
As always, thank you to our NHS and emergency services staff for another week of working in the most extraordinary circumstances.
As the weekend arrives, a reminder that the current lockdown situation remains in place. We must follow the Government’s and Public Health England’s advice to keep ourselves safe and help keep others safe.
You should only go out for one of these essential reasons, otherwise you must stay home;
- Shopping for basic necessities
- Daily exercise
- Any medical need
- Travelling to work only when you absolutely cannot work from home
Please stay home, stay safe!