National lockdown restrictions are due to be lifted on 2 December and London will be moved into tier 2. For details about what you can and cannot do please visit GOV.UK.
Covid-19 cases remain high in Lambeth but have recently levelled off. However, hospital admissions are continuing to increase, as the virus is now spreading widely in the community and reaching vulnerable people; reassuringly, cases in care homes remain few. Although there have been cases reported in schools among teachers and students, this is more a reflection of the transmission that is continuing to take place within the wider community.
During this current lockdown, people who tested positive for Covid-19 have reported visiting public settings that were still accessible such as essential shops, educational and health care settings in the days before they had the virus. This does not mean that they got the virus in these places but it is important that we all still continue to follow social distancing advice, wear face coverings and wash our hands whenever we visit public spaces to protect ourselves and others.
If you have Covid-19 symptoms (new cough, high temperature, loss of taste or smell) - book a free test immediately or call 119 and self isolate by staying at home.
If you find it difficult to stay at home and self isolate, contact 0333 360 3700 or email By taking these actions we can protect each other and keep Lambeth open for business.
The most effective way of helping to stop the spread remains adhering to government guidelines and following the 'hands, face, space' advice to keep yourself and others safe.
We must follow the rules to keep each other safe
The key element of the restrictions is that we must not meet socially with friends and family indoors in any setting unless we live with them or have formed a support bubble with them. This includes private homes, and any other indoor venues such as pubs and restaurants.
A support bubble is where a household with one adult joins with another household. Households in that support bubble can still visit each other, stay overnight, and visit public places together. Informal childcare can also be provided via childcare bubbles. People may continue to see friends and family if they do not live with (or have not formed a support bubble with) outside, including in a garden or other outdoor space. When people do so, they must not meet in a group of more than 6. This limit of 6 includes children of any age.
Hands, face, space
The simplest thing you can do to protect yourself, family, friends and community is following the hands, face, space advice:
HANDS - Wash your hands regularly and for 20 seconds.
FACE - Wear a face covering in indoor settings where social distancing may be difficult, and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet.
SPACE - Stay 2 metres apart from people you do not live with where possible, or 1 metre with extra precautions in place (such as wearing face coverings or increasing ventilation indoors).
Get tested if you have symptoms
- If you have Covid-19 symptoms (new cough, high temperature, loss of taste or smell) book a free test immediately and self isolate at home.
- If you find it difficult to stay at home and self-isolate, contact 0333 360 3700 or email email@example.com
- By taking these actions we can protect each other and keep Lambeth open for business
Rules and guidance for business
If you operate a business, there are new rules which you must follow. There are new penalties and fines for businesses which do not comply, starting at £1,000 for the first offence and rising to up to £10,000.
Visit GOV.UK to find guidance on how to comply with the rules for your type of business and keep staff and customers safe.