Sutton Scene - Leader of the Council Column 01/05/20

Published Friday, 1st May 2020

As the sixth week of lockdown comes to an end, it’s strange to think how much - and how quickly - things have changed.

The health crisis continues and we all need to carry on with social distancing to ensure the rate of infection continues to fall. I know it gets more difficult as time goes by, but we all need to keep up the good work to protect those front line workers - especially in the NHS and social care - who are working so hard to keep us all safe.

This coming week, we’ll hear if things are likely to change and if the social distancing guidance will start to be relaxed. But we can’t risk a second spike in infections, so please don’t be tempted to start going out in groups and visiting others. Not yet. There is too much at stake.

Next Friday is the 75th anniversary of VE Day and an opportunity to celebrate the end of a different sort of crisis that cost the lives of so many. Many people in Sutton were planning to organise street parties and other ways of coming together as a community. For now, we’ll have to rely on digital events and personal acts of remembrance. It’s not the same but for now, like with so many other things, it is the best and safest way we can honour those who sacrificed so much for future generations and for our country.


Cllr Ruth Dombey, Leader of Sutton Council