Leader of the Council, Cllr Graham Henson said:
“We are all feeling the impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) on our daily lives. It has brought unprecedented challenges to the services we provide and I know that for many of you this crisis brings uncertainty and hardship.
“I wanted to reassure you that during this difficult time we are here for you. Vital services will continue to run thanks to our dedicated workforce. Our teams have also been working incredibly hard to ensure the right support is available for the many of you facing hardship over the coming weeks and months.
“A special Coronavirus webpage is now set up which with full details on the support available from both the council and UK Government. From business and financial support to parking, council tax and volunteering, it covers everything you need to know. We’ll also soon be launching a new helpline on Coronavirus to get you the support you need to help you through this crisis.
“I want to take this opportunity to say how proud I am of our community resilience. Thank you to our community groups, partners and voluntary sector who we have been working closely with us to ensure our most vulnerable residents get the support they really need. From delivering food and essentials, to checking up on neighbours (at the safe distance) your support is invaluable.
“Hundreds of you have also signed up to volunteer through Voluntary Action Harrow as well as other groups, and it’s fantastic to see the community come together at this time of need.
“Care workers are integral in all of this too and I want to pay tribute to everything they are doing to help support residents who would be helpless without them. Your support is hugely appreciated and I would like to thank you for the service you are providing.
“We are also incredibly thankful for staff at the NHS who are doing everything they possibly can to fight the virus – it was wonderful to see so many parts of Harrow celebrate the NHS on Thursday evening. We can all help the NHS by staying at home.
“By staying home, it means you relieve pressure off our hospitals – as well as saving the lives of others by preventing the spread of the virus. I urge everyone to continue to remain calm, look out for our friends and neighbours – and follow the advice that is being given by the NHS and Public Health England.
“We know that things are going to get worse, but with our strong community resilience and by looking out for each other, I am sure we will get through this crisis together.”
“We’ll continue to keep you updated.”