Brentford fans living in Hounslow have been given the green light to attend this weekend’s Championship Playoff Final after local authorities clarified that there are no travel restrictions in or out of the borough.
The London Borough of Hounslow, where Brentford are based, was added to a Government list of areas where the Indian Covid-19 variant is spreading fastest on Friday, with official guidance advising against all but essential travel in and out of such regions.
However, no announcement accompanied the change, meaning it went unnoticed by many and led to accusations of the government attempting to impose ‘local lockdowns by stealth’.
The guidance sparked confusion over whether fans living in the borough would be prevented from making the trip to Wembley for the clash with Swansea this weekend but after seeking clarity from Government, the local council has confirmed that will not be the case.
A statement from Hounslow’s Director of Public Health, Kelly O’Neill on Tuesday afternoon said: “Following the national coverage of recently revised guidance we have met with national officials and confirmed there are no restrictions on travel in or out of Hounslow: There are no local lockdowns.
“In areas where the new COVID variant is spreading we are all working together to boost testing and vaccination and to support self-isolation. There are sensible public health precautions people can take as individuals in line with the sorts of advice we have all been following throughout the pandemic.
“We will keep sharing that and working with national officials to make sure people understand what they need to think about as they go about their daily lives.”
Ruth Cadbury, MP for Brentford and Isleworth confirmed the news in a tweet, writing: “Clarity this afternoon about travel advice in and out of @LBofHounslow. So we can still go to see @BrentfordFC at Wembley on Saturday!”
Later on Tuesday, the Government issued a statement insisting that it was not imposing local lockdowns and was instead “providing advice on the additional precautions people can take to protect themselves and others”.
It added it would update its website to make clear that it was not imposing local restrictions.