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Dear residents, As we

Dear residents, As we approach Christmas and the New Year, we are taking this opportunity to write to you to share some updates on the coronavirus pandemic. Firstly, we would like to mention the new tiered restrictions for the City of London as set out by the Government. We are in Tier Level 2: High Alert which means you must follow these rules • you must not socialise with anyone you do not live with or who is not in your support bubble in any indoor setting, whether at home or in a public place • you must not socialise in a group of more than 6 people outside, including in a garden or a public space – this is called the ‘rule of 6 Temporary relaxation of restrictions for Christmas The Government also announced a temporary relaxation of the restrictions between 23-27th December; three households will be allowed to form a ‘Christmas bubble’ and meet indoors during these five days. This gives us all the option to enjoy Christmas with some of our loved ones outside our household. Remember: Hands Face Space However, as we begin to look forward to the coming year, we must remember that our individual parts to play in fighting Coronavirus are as important as ever. We have all heard the news that an effective vaccine against Coronavirus may be available soon, but, in reality, this winter will still be dominated by the virus which has cast a shadow across all our lives in 2020. The continued challenge for all our residents, workers and businesses is to carry on acting responsibly by following the national guidelines. Ultimately, this will mean we can beat this virus, save lives and protect the NHS. It is only by following the rules that we will soon start to feel our lives returning to normal again. A chance to welcome friends and family into our homes and get back to the workplace. We should all continue to help by following the three simple rules: hands, face and space. We all need to keep regularly washing our hands (hands), keep wearing a face covering (face) and keep our distance from people not in our household or support bubble (space). And if we do get symptoms, which include - a high temperature, a new, continuous cough, or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste, we must self-isolate immediately and get tested. Booking a test is simple and can be done online via the NHS website, by calling 119 or using the NHS COVID-19 app. There are five testing sites based in the City of London and Hackney, including one at Guildhall Yard. NHS Test and Trace and support if you need to self-isolate If your test is positive, you will be advised to continue selfisolating for the full 10 days and members of your household or support bubble must isolate themselves for 14 days. You may also be told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace or a City Corporation contact tracer, if you’ve been in contact with someone else who’s tested positive. We understand that this may be a challenge for some of you. If you cannot arrange for food, medication and other essential items to be delivered while you and your household self-isolate, please let the City Corporation know so that we can help. You can do this by emailing [email protected], or by calling 020 7606 3030. Stay healthy GPs are also keen to reassure residents across the City of London that the local NHS remains ‘open for business’. It is important you do not wait if you need urgent medical help. Please also consider getting a free flu vaccination. If you are aged 50-64 you are now (from December 1st) eligible for one too; it will keep you safe against another dangerous virus this winter. Christmas can be a joyful but also difficult time for some, so we would like to remind you of our counselling and psychotherapy services for residents and workers in the Square Mile. The City Wellbeing Centre is located on Middlesex Street and provides subsidised mental health and wellbeing support for those on low incomes. More information is available at www.citywellbeingcentre.org. For a full list of free services available to support mental health and wellbeing, visit www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/releasethepressure Reopening City businesses Last month, the furlough scheme was extended until March – a welcome support for people during these tough times. We are also pleased sectors such as hospitality can trade again, as it is our businesses that will help pay for the vast amount of support being provided at this time. We need people back in the workplace to deliver a thriving economy so we will continue to urge the Government to keep the restrictions on people’s lives and business under close review. For regular COVID-19 updates, please sign up to our newsletter by emailing [email protected] Thank you for your continued support during these challenging times and may we send you Season’s Greetings and warm wishes for the New Year. Alderman William Russell The Rt Hon The Lord Mayor Catherine McGuinness Chair of Policy & Resources Go to cityoflondon.gov.uk/covid19informationsupport or call 020 7606 3030 to find more information and advice for residents and businesses in the City.

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