I have been getting many calls into my office today about the new restrictions on movement announced by the Prime Minister last night. I strongly support these measures, which have been put in place to help slow the spread of the virus and keep the infection rate low enough to allow the NHS to manage cases effectively. The more we can slow down the spread of the disease, the fewer people will die. It’s that simple.

Please stay at home unless you need to leave the house for one of these four reasons:
● Shopping for basic necessities, such as food and medicine, as infrequently as possible
● Safe exercise, for example a run, walk, or cycle – alone or with members of your household
● Your own medical need, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person
● Travelling to and from work, if your work is designated as essential according to the government’s critical sector list, and can’t be done from home

Please comply voluntarily with the new rules and ensure everyone in your house does the same. The government has summarised the rules very clearly and succinctly in a two page document you can find here:

RESOURCES FOR PARENTS – please contribute!
My list of resources for parents is starting to grow, and now includes some fun movement ideas to keep your children active while at home. Please keep sending your ideas to ellen.purton@parliament.uk to be added to the list. You can see the list by clicking on COVID-19 Resources at the top of this page (no link provided).

Richmond’s Community Resilience Hub is a new dedicated call centre for enquiries about Covid-19, providing support and advice on a wide range of issues, with a particular focus on the vulnerable and those most in need. The line is NOW LIVE, so please make a note of the number and pass it to anyone who needs assistance in Richmond Borough: 020 8871 6555

I know many of you are already supporting neighbours who are elderly or vulnerable and donating to the food banks that so many people are relying on. Please continue to offer support to your friends, family and neighbours, and if possible donate to your local food bank. You can donate to many food banks monetarily online if you are not able to leave your house to make a physical donation.

I hope we will continue to see this spirit of care for others in our community, while also seeing an increase in compliance with instructions to stay at home, not meet anyone outside our own household, and maintain the two meter safety zone when we need to go out.

Kind regards,

Sarah Olney
Member of Parliament for Richmond Park


Update 23rd March
Update 20th March