Outbreaks across borough borders

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 17th September 2020.

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Photo of Onkar Sahota Onkar Sahota Labour

If a cluster of covid-19 cases crossed the border between two boroughs, where would authority lie to agree localised restrictions to suppress the outbreak? How would a disagreement between the two boroughs be resolved?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

London boroughs are already working closely together at a sub-regional and pan London basis, as well as responding to clusters that cross borough boundaries into areas outside of London. There is little disagreement on measures required, however in the event of a disagreement, in the first instance, local political consensus would be sought.

In my role as a Category 1 responder and the formal chair of the pan-London Local Resilience Forum I met with the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Chair of London Councils and other London leaders and we have agreed the escalation process for London in response to COVID-19 outbreaks. We agreed that it is vital that London partners work together to respond to rising cases and provide consistent communications to Londoners.