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Message from Hazel Simmons - (Leader of Luton Council)

Message from Hazel Simmons (Leader of Luton Council)

Hazel Simmons

At this moment in time we are facing a real health crisis in Luton. Covid-19 cases are rising dramatically – so much so that the town now has the highest number in the whole of the Eastern region.

Admissions to the Luton and Dunstable Hospital are increasing and tragically we have experienced Covid-19 related deaths for the first time in a number of weeks.

 It is a stark reminder of the deadly nature of the virus and the danger we are all facing.

 There can be little doubt that while we are currently on the medium alert level, if our cases continue to grow we would expect to move up to the next tier unless we can act together to slow the disease’s spread.

 This means we must all continue to follow the rules in order to play our part.

 Government states that if we do meet up with people outside our own household this has to be limited to six people only.


Given the serious nature of the situation here in Luton, however, we are asking you to go even further than this and do all you can to limit meeting with people from other households. As half term week approaches we think it’s important to make this special effort – not least as we have all seen how quickly the disease is rapidly crossing age groups and spreading in certain parts of the country.


In addition it is vital we follow this easy-to-remember advice.

 HANDS - wash your hands regularly and for at least 20 seconds.
FACE - cover your face in enclosed spaces, especially where social distancing may be difficult and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet.
SPACE - stay 2 metres apart where possible, or 1 metre with extra precautions in place.


If we show signs of any of the symptoms of coronavirus we must self-isolate immediately and take a test.

I know the thing we most want to do is to be with our family and friends, but the harsh reality is that sacrificing opportunities to meet up now, is the best way of showing our love and care as we move into the future. With half term next week, I appreciate this will be especially difficult, but it is something we must all think about doing at this key moment.


On behalf of the council and guided by our public health experts I have given out many messages during the pandemic and fully understand many may be weary of hearing the same thing repeatedly.

If that is how you are feeling can I ask you to watch a short video from Sheereen Khan, a fellow resident of the town?


Previously relatively unconcerned and even blasé towards coronavirus health messaging, she quietly, but movingly, tells of her personal experience of contracting Covid-19. Thankfully, after three long weeks, she is making the slow road to recovery, but admits there was a time when she wondered whether she would.


Please watch Sheeren's video. It is a powerful reminder of the great danger we are all in.

Throughout this crisis there may have been many occasions when I have felt I couldn’t be prouder to be part of this great community of Luton. People have stepped up again and again to show how much they care. It is this amazing spirit we need to show once more.


At the end of the day it is down to each and every one of us to protect Luton and save lives.