Around Ealing Coronavirus Special - Page 2

CORONAVIRUS Leader’s introduction “‘I am asking people, pleading with people, to stay at home.” Councillor Julian Bell Leader of the council I have been deeply saddened by the news that people from our borough have died because of the coronavirus (or COVID-19). My sincere condolences go out to their family and friends. I am asking people, pleading with people, to stay at home. If people do not do this, more people will die; and we will put our NHS staff under intolerable pressure. There really is no need to go outside unless you are a key worker; or unless you need to go to the shops for vital food and supplies or Play areas and other facilities have been closed as a volunteer helping the vulnerable. One bit of exercise per day is also permitted outdoors you to use your own gardens if you have on your own or in groups of no more than two them and try to stay at home but, if you feel people – but I will say more on this later. you need to go out, then It is a sobering follow the social distancing thought, but guidelines ‘Ealing’s community guidelines, act responsibly on registering a death and do not do anything have had to change is our greatest that would cause this because of COVID-19 strength. I have seen virus to spread. Our park and requirements on loved ones to self-isolate. local people quickly rangers and Parkguard services will be on the look- Details are available on and instinctively out to make sure this is the the council’s website. case in our parks. At the come together’ KEEPING YOUR time of writing this, we had DISTANCE not closed our parks and I Unfortunately, we cannot stop the virus from hope this remains the case – but if people do spreading entirely and, for most people, not act responsibly, we may have to. this is a mild illness – although not always. COUNCIL SERVICES However, for older people or those with pre- Other council services including existing conditions it can be serious or even libraries, leisure centres and community fatal. We can all play our part in delaying the centres have also been temporarily closed spread and limiting the impact on the elderly to stop the spread of the virus. and other vulnerable groups by following Our priority remains to care for our elderly the national advice on social distancing and and vulnerable residents. We have robust self-isolating. contingency plans in place to ensure we can To make sure that people are following the continue to deliver these vital services over the social distancing guidelines, the council coming months. decided it had to close our play areas, close our outside gyms, close our tennis courts, COMING TOGETHER TO HELP and our skate parks. EACH OTHER We recognise that being outside and This will be a testing time, but Ealing’s in green space is vital to our physical and community is our greatest strength and it will mental well-being. Preferably, I would ask 2 around ealing   Coronavirus be invaluable in the weeks ahead. I have seen local people quickly and instinctively come together to support those who may need help. To provide a central point and a focus for this tremendous community spirit, Ealing Together was created. It is a new coalition of the council, charities, local groups, businesses and residents. It provides a place to volunteer and offer support – and also to request help. You can read more on pages four and five of this magazine. Even if you cannot offer help in a wider sense, I ask everyone to reach out to any vulnerable or elderly neighbours, who might need help. As you may have already seen, the council set up a £1.5million COVID-19 Emergency Fund to aid essential community services across the borough (see page five) and it is now operational. Meanwhile, key workers, including NHS staff, will be able to park their cars for free during the emergency (see page seven). STAY UP TO DATE In closing, I urge you to see the back page of this magazine to find out ways to get the latest information from the council during the crisis.