COVID-19 previous updates - 20 - 22 March
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- 20 March
With the vast majority of Haringey schools now closed until further notice, tomorrow (Monday 23 March) may well be the first of many days you get to spend with your children at home.
If that prospect fills you with a lingering sense of dread, don’t despair! There are a range of online resources and materials to keep your children educated and entertained remotely while they are away from the classroom.
Here’s a few taster samples for starters - these are all external links:
- 100 Things To Do Indoors
- Audible Stories
- BBC History for Kids
- Hungry Little Minds
- White Rose
YouTube channels - these are all external links:
It’s also really important that you look out for signs if your child isn’t coping with the confinement and social isolation of staying indoors at home. If that’s the case, they and you can get support from the likes of Kooth (external link) and YoungMinds (external link).
As of today (21st March) Marcus Garvey Customer Services Centre and Library will be closed until further notice. This is because Tottenham Green Leisure Centre has been closed in line with government guidance.
Wood Green Customer Service Centre and library will remain open.
To keep everyone safe, and to help us prioritise those in the community that may be more vulnerable, we are advising that you do not visit the Wood Green Customer Service Centre or the Library unless you really need to. Where you can, consider using our online services by visiting Haringey.gov.uk. If you are unable to use our online service and you do need to pop in, please be prepared to wait longer than usual.
You can do a wide range of transactions online at Haringey.gov.uk using any device (mobile, tablet or laptop).
Alternatively you can call us, on 020 8489 0000.
We continue to work with our partners to find alternative ways for residents to access our services during this challenging time and will keep you informed as we put these in place.
Haringey Council has made adjustments to parking enforcement to support essential NHS and police staff, as well as residents that have been adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. From Monday 23 March we will suspend enforcement of our on street residential, shared use and permit parking bays.
However, in order to ensure that we keep road users, vulnerable residents and those providing an essential services safe, we will continue to enforce yellow lines, footway parking, disabled parking bays, business bays, doctors bays and pay by phone bays. We will also continue to remove vehicles that park illegally on yellow lines, on the footway or in those parking bays.
This means that key workers, and residents may use any of our on street residential, shared use and permit parking bays.
We will need to monitor those arrangements daily to ensure that demand does not exceed capacity in those bays and we acknowledge that changes may need to be made at short notice and this may include resuming normal enforcement. Please check our website daily for any further updates.
All our Parks are open so, whilst other activities are being curtailed, why not take this opportunity to explore the fantastic award-winning parks in Haringey? From the wider open spaces of Alexandra Park or Finsbury Park to the woodlands at Queen’s Wood or the play areas and outdoor gyms of Down Lane or Markfield Park, there’s lots of space and places for younger people to burn off energy!
- For further information about this wonderful, free local resource, see the Parks and Open Spaces pages for more details.
There are a number of measures that the government has set up to provide support to businesses and employees in managing the financial and wider effects of the coronavirus outbreak.
- Please visit our dedicated COVID-19 business support webpage that summarises national initiatives along with any more locally specific advice and information.
The London Fire Brigade will continue to provide full emergency fire and rescue service response. Their priorities at this stage are to do all they can to stop the spread of this virus, to protect the public and their staff and safeguard their resilience. Some activities have been temporarily ceased; these include: Home Fire Safety Visits (except in exceptional circumstances), Fire Cadets and community access to fire stations.
- For some helpful, fire prevention tips on how to keep your home and belongings safe, visit the London Fire Brigade website (external link)
Marriage appointments at all council-run venues have been cancelled until further notice.
- Please contact the Registrars service via email (email@example.com) if you need to request a refund.
The Department of Education has published overnight (Thursday 19th March-Friday 20th March) the list of key workers whose children will still be able to attend school.
Schools will be closed to the majority of pupils from next Monday (23rd March) onwards, but are being asked to provide care for the children of parents who provide vital services in the national response to the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
- These occupations, which are spread across a broad range of sectors, can be found on the Government Services and Information website (external link).
Schools in the borough are expected to still provide benefits-related free school meals to eligible pupils if:
The pupil has to stay at home because they and/or wider family members are displaying coronavirus (COVID-19)-related symptoms
The school is closed temporarily or is only open for certain age groups
If your school is closed and the catering team cannot provide free meals or food parcels to eligible pupils, an alternative arrangement must be sought.
A nationwide approach to provide support through shop and supermarket e-vouchers and gift cards is in development and further details on that initiative will be announced shortly.
- For more details, see Free School Meals Guidance (external link)
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