9 April 2020
The bank holiday and extended weekend will soon be upon us and, with the good weather we’ve been having, it is tempting for all of us to stretch the guidance a little bit to visit family, join friends in the garden or visit some of our local parks. However, I must urge you continue to support our NHS and follow the advice that has been given. It is only by following the guidance that we can stay healthy and maintain some element of freedom as part of daily exercise. Over 60,500 people have now tested positive for the virus in the UK, with over 7,000 having lost their lives, and we have now reached 200 cases in our district. This continues to rise, though we are assured that our social distancing efforts are having a positive impact. Since the UK Government announced the national lockdown and social distancing measures have been enforced, our Community Safety Team has been working tirelessly to deal with the increased number of antisocial behaviour reports. This includes a rise in reports of people gathering at properties. We are doing everything we can to keep tenants safe at this difficult time, so please think twice before leaving home this weekend unless it is absolutely necessary for essential work, essential shopping or part of your daily exercise. We are doing what we can to protect you so please help us at this difficult time. Any visits we need to make to your home will be carried out safely and in line with government guidance, observing social distancing, and some of you may shortly receive a letter regarding your annual gas service. If your service is due we will contact you and ask you about your current circumstances and whether you are self-isolating. The annual service is a legal requirement so please be assured that we are doing everything we can to keep you and your home safe, and please do allow us entry where you can. As always, our teams will be working over the weekend to provide any support services or emergency repairs you might need so please do get in touch if you need us. Please also remember that we have a range of support available to you when you need it. You are not alone in this and we will do all we can to help you. This weekend the single most important action you can take is to stay at home. Protect the NHS. Save lives.