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Stay at home and save lives

Release Date: 06 January 2021

Residents are urged to stay at home, save lives and help ease pressure on the NHS, as the UK enters another lockdown.

From Wednesday 6 January, residents must NOT leave or be outside their home, except where necessary.

You may only 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 outside 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

See the full guidance.

Cllr Gareth Roberts, Leader of Richmond Council, encourages people to follow the rules and help reduce COVID-19 cases in the borough. He said:

'Once again, we are in a national lockdown. This will be difficult for many residents, but it is absolutely the right decision. 

'COVID-19 cases are increasing at a dangerous rate and the NHS is in crisis. Just in Richmond alone, we are seeing 638.8 per 100,000 cases of COVID-19 in the borough, a figure much higher than the UK average. To put that figure into context, at the beginning of December the rate was around 100 cases per 100,000.

'The Council is standing ready to support the local community. If you need help – please get in touch with our Community Hub.

'We must not underestimate the gravity of this situation. It is vital, in spite of understandable ‘covid fatigue’ that we keep following public health advice - hands, face, space, ventilate - if we are to bring down the number of coronavirus cases, hospital admissions and ultimately deaths.

'Only by working together over the next few months will we have the best possible chance of keeping ourselves, our loved ones and our community safe as the vaccine rollout continues.

See the video message from Cllr Roberts.

Changes to local services

To comply with the Government restrictions, there are a number of changes to Council services.

This includes: 

  • A number of libraries will be open for click and collect and home delivery
  • All sports centres will be closed (including the outdoor pool at Pools on the Park)
  • Parks and playgrounds remain open, however outdoor exercise facilities e.g. Tennis Courts / Skate Parks and outdoor gyms are closed
  • Townmead Waste and Recycling Centre remains open, but people are reminded to book in advance

See here for the full list of services


Support is available for residents, this includes:

Financial support is also available for businesses.

Notes for editors

If you are a journalist and would like further information about this press release, contact Elinor Firth on 020 8487 5159.

Reference: P008/21

Updated: 24 March 2021