Yesterday the Home Secretary confirmed the city of Leicester may face a localised lockdown following a rise in coronavirus cases. The Government must act now to reassure people in the Leicester area that they are managing this serious outbreak.
Ministers must urgently examine the data and act immediately if necessary, hand in hand with local government, to keep people safe. We know that COVID-19 disproportionately impacts the poorest and those from BAME communities – both these risk factors are significant in parts of Leicester and local residents must be protected if transmission rates are rising at a worrying rate.
The Government must be clear how localised lockdowns will work, including who is responsible for managing these and what support will be in place for individuals and businesses affected. Localised real-time data, broken down by ethnicity, is critical and must be shared with local authorities.
This example really demonstrates the fact that we are still facing a Public Health Emergency and we all need to be mindful of the Government guidelines when we are out and about in order to stem the spread of the virus.

I was out and about in Kew on Saturday, visiting local businesses to find out how the shutdown had impacted them.  Local independent stores The Good Wine Shop and Pethers’ Butchers both reported that they had been trading well during the lockdown and the Kew Gardener had started an online shop to deliver plants.  But cafés have struggled, even with takeaways. 

This coming Saturday – July 4th – is Independents’ Day UK, the annual celebration and promotion of small, independent retail businesses. And, after the impact of the Covid-19 lockdown, never have our small shops needed our help more.
So, please, “stay local, pledge a pound & support small shops” this Independents’ Day. More here:


Survey launched to assess the impact of Coronavirus on local people
Richmond Council would like to hear from residents on how the pandemic has affected their lives and what services they have received.
Feedback will be used to identify local support needs, help with sign posting to assistance programmes and identify measures that will help with the recovery from the crisis.
Have your say online here until the 19th July 2020.


Sarah Olney MP

Earlier updates can be accessed here.