COVID-19 previous updates - 9 April
9 April 2020
Support with domestic abuse | Activities for young people during bank holiday | Registering a death | Enforcement officers helping to stop spread of coronavirus | Help by the truckload | Ship-shape lessons for kids
The order to stay at home during the coronavirus outbreak can cause anxiety for those who are experiencing or feel at risk of domestic abuse.
For anyone who feels they are at risk, please remember that there is help and support available to you.
If you are in immediate danger, call 999 and ask for the police. If you are unable to talk on the phone, call 999 and then press 55. This will transfer your call to the relevant police force who will assist you without you having to speak.
The National Domestic Abuse Helpline website (external link) provides guidance and support for potential victims, as well as those who are worried about friends and loved ones.
They can also be called, for free and in confidence, 24 hours a day on 0808 2000 247.
Are you stuck for things for young people to do over the long weekend? London Youth have compiled a list of creative and inspiring online activities to keep them occupied over the next few days. From theatre to art to competitions to challenges, there’s sure to be something available that will keep them busy.
Visit the London Youth website (external link) for more details.
Residents should be aware of the guidance that has been published when it comes to registering a death during the current COVID-19 crisis.
Following Government advice, register offices are now closed to the public during the coronavirus outbreak.
It remains a legal requirement that deaths are registered as soon as possible and within five days. New laws allow deaths to be registered over the telephone. Please do not visit register offices in person.
In order to register a death, you must meet certain criteria and hold specific information and documents. You can find out more about how to register a death and documents you need via the Register a death page on the GOV.UK website (external link), which also provides a link to the most appropriate register office.
To reduce the risk of spreading coronavirus, cemeteries are now closed to members of the public, unless they are attending a funeral.
Communities, organisations and individuals are strongly advised to take action to reduce the risk of spreading the infection among mourners who gather to pay their respects. Relatives can consult their funeral director, faith and/or community leader for guidance on how the funeral should be held.
To ensure organisations managing funerals can cope with the increased number of deaths, Government guidance is that people do not delay funerals. We understand how difficult this will be for families and friends of lost loved ones, however the current guidance will be in place for the foreseeable future for public safety reasons.
Our Enforcement Officers are working to ensure that all businesses are playing by the rules and helping to stop the spread of coronavirus in the borough.
Under national restrictions brought in last month, a number of businesses must remain closed in order to assist with reducing the risk of infection from the virus. These include:
- Restaurants and public houses
- Wine bars or other food and drink establishments including within hotels and members’ clubs
- Cafés and canteens, hairdressers, barbers, beauty and nail salons, including piercing and tattoo parlours
- Outdoor and indoor markets, auction houses
The Commercial Environmental Health team have already served a Coronavirus Prohibition Notice on a car wash in the borough after they continued to operate.
Meanwhile, a resident in Tottenham was issued with a £150 (littering) fine after deliberately spitting in the street while an enforcement officer was giving advice on social distancing.
Tottenham-based forklift hire company HireMech has kindly donated a forklift and two electric pump trucks to help move items around our food hub at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
The trucks are already being put to good use by our teams on the ground who are working, together with Edible London, to unload, pack up and deliver essential items to people across the borough.
The new donations will help to make their job a little easier and will assist in speeding up the vital work they do.
Thank you to all of the business and residents across the borough who have been donating at this time, it is much appreciated.
If you think you can help, please get in touch:
Following school closures, Literacy Pirates have created a brand new ‘Virtual Ship’ which gives children access to writing and reading activities and tutorials from home during the coronavirus outbreak.
Literacy Pirates is a charity, working to improve the reading, writing, confidence and perseverance of children who are falling behind at school. Their incredible pirate themed learning centres offer specialised teacher and volunteer support.
To prevent some children falling even further behind during school closures, the Virtual Ship offers bite-sized activities using low tech, so that everyone with access to a mobile phone can use the materials.
There are weekly writing challenges that give children the chance to get creative, a special ‘Diary of an Extraordinary Spring’ which allows children to record their thoughts at this time, and a selection of ways to motivate children to read every day.
Find out more on the Literacy Pirates website (external link).
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