COVID-19 previous updates - 4 - 19 March
- 19 March:
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- 17 March:
- 4 and 13 March:
We all need to practice social distancing to protect our friends, families and loved ones. Social distancing gives us a proactive opportunity to save lives through the actions we take right now that we will not have in a few weeks. It is a public health imperative. It is also our responsibility as a community to act while we still have a choice and while our actions can have the greatest impact. See the government's social distancing guidance here (external link).
Following yesterday’s (Wednesday 18 March) announcement regarding school closures, the government is expected to outline further details about this summer’s exams and the arrangements for key workers’ children and vulnerable young people later today (Thursday 19 March).
Meanwhile, Transport for London (TfL) has announced up to 40 London Underground stations will be partially shut across the capital to support key workers as they make essential journeys in response to the coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak.
Of the seven Tube stations in Haringey, two – Bounds Green and Manor House – were closed today (19 March).
On Friday and Saturday night there will be no all-night ‘Night Tube’ service or the all-night ‘Night Overground’ service that currently runs on the East London line. Available staff will be redeployed to ensure the resilience of the regular Tube and Overground services. Late services on the Tube and Overground will continue to run, with trains running late into the night on all days for essential travel only.
- You can keep up to date with the latest station closures on the Tfl website (external link).
TfL has also set up a dedicated coronavirus/COVID-19 webpage (external link). You can check out the TfL’s Facebook page (external link) and Twitter handle (external link) too.
In other local news, Bruce Castle Museum and Archives will be closed to the public until further notice from today (Thursday 19 March).
All planned classes, events and school visits have either been cancelled or postponed until later in the year.
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The government has agreed measures with the energy industry to support vulnerable people through COVID-19.
- ensuring prepayment and pay-as-you go customers remain supplied with energy through challenging times and supporting all customers in financial distress
- industry agreement signed by all UK domestic suppliers and coming into force immediately
More information can be found on GOV.UK (external link).
Today the government announced that schools and nurseries across England will be shut down from Friday evening until further notice.
This means that exams scheduled for May and June will not take place. The Prime Minister announced that in due course, he will give details of alternative arrangements to ensure that pupils get the qualifications they need.
The Prime Minister also stated that emergency legislation will be passed giving the government the power to keep some schools open for vulnerable children and the children of key workers.
Measures will be taken to provide for children who are in receipt of free school meals.
Earlier this week, the Chancellor announced several measures to provide support for businesses affected by the coronavirus crisis:
- A government-backed loan will be made available to all businesses that require access to cash to pay rent, suppliers, staff salaries, or purchase stock.
- The Business Interruption Loan Scheme will be expanded, allowing small and medium sized businesses loans of up to £5 million, interest-free for the first six months.
- The government confirmed that businesses which have insurance policies that cover pandemics will be protected.
- All businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors will pay no business rates for 12 months. Those in the sector with a rateable value of less than £51,000 can also apply for additional cash grants of up to £25,000.
- 700,000 of the UK’s smallest businesses can apply for grants of up to £10,000 to support cash flow.
- A three-month mortgage holiday will be offered by lenders to people experiencing financial difficulty due to coronavirus.
- The new COVID Bill will also give central government the power to offer any further financial support they feel is necessary.
Haringey is continuing to make sure that whatever happens we are able to provide essential services and we are preparing for further impacts of the coronavirus (COVID-19). We want to let you know that all of our services are currently operating normally.
Some of our schools have been affected. Currently one school is closed in Haringey and some have partial closures, and we are continuing to monitor the situation and follow the guidance given from government.
In a time where we are social distancing it is still really important for our health and wellbeing that we continue to take regular exercise. All of our parks are open so take the opportunity to get out and take in some fresh air even if you’re self-isolating as long as you stay more than two metres away from anyone else.
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 our Customer Service Centres 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 for wait longer than usual.
You can do a wide range of transactions online at Haringey.gov.uk using any device (mobile, tablet or laptop).
Our website also has lots of useful information that might help you to resolve your query, including regular updates on coronavirus (COVID-19).
If you do need to call us, the number is 020 8489 0000
If you are worried about money that you owe the council, essential items or the support you need, please do visit our Connected Communities page, for information which we will update regularly.
Some useful links:
- Need to self-isolate: The NHS has some tips on self-isolation (external link)
- Feeling unwell: Visit the NHS Website for further information (external link)
- Most recent government advice: Government advice (external link)
The government's latest advice is that people who have developed a cough or fever should self-isolate at home for 14 days to avoid further spread of the virus. Their families and those living with them should do the same.
Residents are also advised to work from home when possible, avoid any unnecessary travel and social interactions, as well as going to pubs, cinemas, theatres or clubs.
Please check Government advice (external link) to obtain the most recent information.
If you think you’re experiencing symptoms of coronavirus, do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy, or hospital. Visit the NHS Website for further information (external link).
All residents are encouraged to take the following steps to avoid catching and spreading the virus:
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue if you cough or sneeze
- Put used tissues into the bin immediately
- Wash your hands with soap and water often
- Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
- Wash your hands when you arrive into work and return home
- Try to avoid close contact with unwell people
- The following information was updated on 13 March 2020
With the number of coronavirus cases in the UK and Europe on the rise, we are constantly reviewing this evolving situation in close collaboration with our counterparts within the NHS and Public Health England (PHE).
The latest available evidence is that the coronavirus is a mild illness in most cases, with the majority of people developing a cough and fever.
However, those who are frail or have existing health conditions are at greater risk of exhibiting more serious symptoms.
To help prevent the coronavirus from spreading, you can do the following things:
- If you have a fever or cough, you should stay at home ('self-isolate') for seven days. Advice for those who have to self-isolate can be found on the NHS website (external link).
- Wash your hands with soap and water often - if soap and water are unavailable, use hand sanitiser gel
- Cover your mouth and nose with your sleeve or a tissue (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
- Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
- Put used tissues immediately in the bin
If your hands are not clean, you should not touch your eyes, nose or mouth
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For the very latest information on the coronavirus, its symptoms and the current UK advice, please visit the NHS website (external link).