Local politicians say Harrow and Brent had no choice but to move into Tier 3 Covid-19 restrictions as cases rose at an “alarming” rate.
As part of London, both boroughs will face tougher guidelines from tomorrow (Wednesday, December 16) following a government announcement.
It means pubs and restaurants will close, while separate households will only be able to mix outdoors in public spaces in groups of up to six.
The rate of Covid-19 cases in Harrow per 100,000 residents stood at 253, while there has been a 39 per cent increase in positive tests when compared to the previous seven days.
In neighbouring Brent, today’s rate per 100,000 people was 199, with the weekly increase coming in at 61 per cent.
Brent councillor Krupesh Hirani, who represents Dudden Hill ward, said: “We have to react to the dramatic rise in cases across London to save lives and save livelihoods.
“I know that the constant changes brought in by the Government can become confusing, but we must bring down infections and so I support the move to place London in Tier 3.
“As we have done throughout the pandemic, Londoners will come together as a community, following guidance and protecting lives to keep each other safe.”
The leader of Harrow Council, Cllr Graham Henson, said it was “worrying” to see cases rise across all age groups but noted it was still particularly important to protect those most at risk from dying from the virus – those over 60 or with underlying health conditions.
Gareth Thomas, MP for Harrow West, said the move to Tier 3 was “sensible” given the clear rise in cases.
He also called on the Government to provide “more support to businesses to protect jobs and to stop further people being pushed into hardship; particularly in the hospitality and self-employed sectors”.
Earlier this week, Cllr Krishna Suresh, who is responsible for crime and community cohesion at Harrow Council, urged people to follow rules set out by ministers to help keep each other safe.
He said: “It’s a matter of life at the end of the day – we need to comply to protect others.
“There has been a lack of people following basic guidelines, it’s very simple.
“Wash your hands regularly, wear a mask and maintain social distancing. We need people to do that.”