Please keep yourself and others safe this bank holiday weekend

Published: Friday, May 28, 2021

Wandsworth Council are urging residents to follow Hands, Face, Space and Fresh Air guidance as we go into a bank holiday weekend and the start of half term

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Groups of up to six people, or two households can meet indoors. if you are meeting inside please keep a window open to let the fresh air in.

With higher temperatures and sunshine predicted this weekend meeting up outdoors is best as fresh air helps to blow COVID19 particles away, and lets us all enjoy the better weather

We should all be having twice weekly lateral flow tests to help prevent the spread of COVID19 and there are numerous ways to access testing kits for yourself and your household.

The tests are for those with NO symptoms of COVID19, are easy to use and give results within half an hour. More here: Lateral flow testing in Wandsworth - Wandsworth Borough Council

It is vital that if you are experiencing symptoms of coronavirus:

  • A high temperature
  • New, continuous cough
  • Loss of, or change to, your sense of taste or smell

You should self-isolate immediately and visit GOV.UK to arrange a PCR test.

The COVID19 vaccinations are safe and effective and give the best protection against coronavirus. All those aged 30 or over can now book their vaccination here:

Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination - NHS (

Or why not go to one of the walk-in sessions at St Georges Hospital, open 12-7pm seven days a week.

If you are heading out for a meal or a drink, please make sure that you download the NHS app and check in when you arrive to make sure you protect yourself and others. The NHS COVID-19 app support website - NHS.UK (

And please support local businesses this bank holiday weekend, #ShopLocal and #ShopSafe and explore the wide range of local shops, bars, restaurants, and pubs in Wandsworth.

Shannon Katiyo, Director of Public Health for Wandsworth Council, said: "For the last few weeks the number of new cases of COVID-19 in Wandsworth has stayed relatively low but some parts of the country are seeing a rise in cases of variants of concern. There might still be people out and about, with the virus, who don’t know they have it.

“Please remain sensible. Remember the rules about meeting people, keep washing your hands, covering your face, making space, and meeting in fresh air.  You can also take a lateral flow test twice a week, and use the NHS test and trace app when you are out.

"Most importantly – if you have any symptoms or you test positive, you must self-isolate straight away. If you are aged 30 years and over, please get a vaccine!"