The leader of Haringey Council has urged people to follow public health guidelines so the borough does not face tougher coronavirus restrictions.

Cllr Joseph Ejiofor acknowledged residents’ concerns about going back into Tier 2 as the national lockdown ends but warned against complacency in the face of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

From Wednesday, non-essential businesses in London can reopen but separate households will still be banned from mixing indoors unless they form a support bubble.

The ‘rule of six’ will be brought back, meaning people can socialise outdoors as long as they are in a group of six people or fewer.

But some restrictions have been tightened compared to the previous Tier 2 measures. Pubs and restaurants must close unless they are operating as restaurants, and hospitality venues can only serve alcohol with substantial meals.

Cllr Ejiofor said: “I am aware that many people have grave concerns about London returning to Tier 2 regulations. However, it is vital that every resident focuses on adhering to the public health guidance intended to limit the spread of the coronavirus to ensure that we do not move into the far more restrictive Tier 3.

“This pandemic has had a real impact on our communities, and I know the announcement that businesses will be able to reopen, and that we can spend more time outside our homes, will be welcome news to so many in our borough.

“Local businesses are the lifeblood of our community, and it is vital that we support them safely in the run up to Christmas – please, do show them some love. We’ve created a business directory, and there are some amazing local retailers online, too.

“I want to thank our residents for their incredible efforts so far in trying to control the coronavirus – the work we’ve put in as a community is saving lives. But the hard work isn’t over yet. This is a deadly virus, and we need to continue to look out for ourselves and each other by following the guidance: washing our hands, wearing a face covering and keeping a safe distance. And if you have symptoms, please get a test immediately. We simply cannot get complacent.

“I know many of our residents are still struggling with the impacts of the pandemic, and I want to remind you that there is help available through the council and through the community, whether it is financial and practical support or help with your wellbeing. Please visit our Haringey Together pages.

“Once again, I want to thank you for the unbelievable community spirit you have shown in Haringey. Let’s keep up the good work, save lives, and protect the NHS.”

More information about the new Tier 2 guidelines is available here.