Don’t be tempted to stray from the roadmap, says Director of Public Health

30 March 2021

With the relaxation of some of the COVID-19 restrictions, Richmond Council’s Director of Public Health encourages people to stay local, follow the rule of six and have a regular asymptomatic test – to avoid the spread of the virus.

Outdoor gatherings of either up to six people or two households is now allowed, making it easier for friends and families to meet outside, including in private gardens. Social distancing rules remain in place.

The ‘stay at home’ rule has ended, but many restrictions remain in place. People should continue to work from home where they can and minimise their journeys, avoiding travel at the busiest times and routes.

Shannon Katiyo, Director of Public Health for Richmond Council, said:

"The easing of restrictions to allow us to meet either another household or in groups of up to six people outdoors is welcome. After the tough restrictions and long winter, being able to meet friends or family outdoors will do us all good.

"But while getting together outdoors is good for our physical and mental health and wellbeing, it is important that we do so safely. Follow the rules, maintain social distance, appropriate hand hygiene and wear face coverings where required.

"And remember, we still cannot meet anyone from another household indoors. As set out in the Government’s road map, this restriction will not be lifted until 17 May at the earliest.

"Infection rates are still too high and unnecessary social mixing will spread the virus and undo everyone’s hard work. Please remain vigilant and keep sight of our goal. Let’s keep going, so that we can come out of lockdown rather than going back into it."

Residents who are going out and about for work or volunteering/caring responsibilities, are also reminded to take an asymptomatic COVID-19 test, twice a week.

Around 1 in 3 people who have COVID-19 don’t have any symptoms and can spread it without knowing. Lateral flow testing is for those people who are not displaying any COVID-19 symptoms and provides rapid results within around 30 minutes.

Tests are free and available to book online at the below locations:

  • Sheen Lane Centre (East Sheen)
  • C Goode Pharmacy (Twickenham)
  • Day Lewis Pharmacy (Twickenham)
  • Forward Pharmacy (Barnes)
  • Pharmacare (Ham)
  • Teddington Pharmacy (Teddington)

In addition, home tests are available to be collected from the Sheen Lane Centre and the symptomatic testing site at St Mary’s University Broom Road sports campus in Teddington.

The Council will be announcing further locations where people can collect tests in the next few weeks.

Please note, the Lateral Flow testing centres at Lindon Hall and the Clarendon Hall will be closed from 31 March.

See how services are impacted by the Roadmap.

Up to: March 2021

Updated: 12 April 2021