Sadiq Khan appealed to Londoners to maintain a two-metre distance the place doable as he mentioned it was “very important” to work collectively to deal with rising coronavirus circumstances within the metropolis.
Crowds had been out and about in purchasing districts of main cities on Saturday, together with on London’s Regent Avenue, which had been briefly pedestrianised to help with social distancing.
Many patrons hung out gazing up on the beautiful Christmas lights.
A joint assertion from Mr Khan and Cllr Rachael Robathan, chief of Westminster Metropolis Council, mentioned a “key” a part of serving to companies recuperate from the disaster was “guaranteeing we get this lethal virus below management”.
“With circumstances rising in lots of components of the capital, it’s important that all of us work collectively to manage its unfold,” the assertion mentioned.
“In any other case we might face more durable restrictions, which might drastically hurt retailers within the West Finish, our hospitality sector and the entire of London’s financial system.
“We’re interesting on to Londoners – when out purchasing it’s important that you simply comply with the foundations.”
Urging Londoners to put on a face masking in retailers and socially distance from others, they suggested avoiding travelling on public transport throughout rush hour and to stroll and cycle “the place you may”.
“You probably have signs – don’t take an opportunity and don’t exit. Self-isolate instantly and get a check,” they added.
“Companies throughout London have labored actually onerous to make their premises Covid-safe – however we should all play our half in following the foundations. So this weekend store secure.”
As of 9am on Saturday, there had been an additional 21,502 lab-confirmed circumstances of coronavirus within the UK taking the whole to 1,830,956 constructive assessments.
Elevated an infection charges have led to fears the capital might be headed for Tier 3 restrictions, which might see hospitality settings closed apart from takeaway.
In an effort to deal with the unfold in London, hundreds of additional assessments are being made obtainable for faculties in areas of concern.