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Kingston and Richmond Covid-19 Update: June 8

The Government's new mandatory fourteen day quarantine for travelers entering the UK was introduced today. This is a policy they should have put in place three or four months ago, before the virus entered the UK and spread throughout the country. It seems pointless to introduce it now, when we have one of the highest infection rates in Europe.

The Government has not specified how long they intend to keep this policy in place, but they have published a full list of workers who are exempt from the quarantine if they are traveling in and out of the UK for their work. You can see the list here:

If you are traveling this summer for personal reasons, or for work that does not fit in one of the approved categories, you will need to quarantine at home upon your return. More details on the new rules can be found here:

And I would like to remind everyone, regardless of any travel you may do, to get yourself a Covid-19 test if you have a fever, a persistent cough, or a change in your sense of taste or smell. You can book your test yourself here:


I am both worried and heartened to see the wave of Black Lives Matter protests both in the US and here in the UK. I am heartened because we definitely need both dialogue and action on racial discrimination here in the UK, but I am also concerned about the risks people may be exposing themselves to by meeting in large groups. Sally Benatar, our southwest London Met Police Commander, has written to advise people not to join these gatherings for the sake of their own health, and to maintain social distance and hygiene measures if they do intend to join them. Please, if you are joining a protest, wear a face-covering, wash your hands often, and keep your distance from fellow protesters as much as possible.


The Southwest London CCG has written to give me an update this week. They have come through the Covid-19 crisis without exceeding their treatment capacity, but are concerned that people are not getting other types of treatment they need. NHS England has found that four in ten people are too concerned about being a burden on the NHS to seek help from their GP. Many others are worried about catching the virus if they go to a healthcare setting. Our local NHS wants every person in the constituency to know that the NHS is here for them as usual. Please contact your GP or call 111 if you have a medical issue that you would normally seek assistance for. And, of course, please call 999 if you think you may need emergency assistance.


A local organisation, keepkidsconnected, has been working with schools across southwest London to provide free laptops to disadvantaged schoolchildren who do not have access to a computer to do their schoolwork on. keepkidsconnected collects spare laptops up to 10 years old and in good condition. They securely erase the hard disks and then refurbish them. The schools distribute the laptops to pupils identified to be in need. Demand is outstripping supply, so if you have an unused laptop or tablet that you could donate, please go to or get in touch at