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All council-run parks and green, open spaces remain open here in Haringey amid the Government’s tighter national restrictions, which came into effect yesterday (Thursday 5 November).
Children and families will be able to make use of the outdoor play areas in our parks.
All ball courts, outdoor gyms and sports pitches are however now closed. We ask all park users to please not use any equipment or facilities that are currently cordoned off.
Residents and visitors are reminded to continue to follow the Government’s advice and guidance on social distancing (external link) at our parks.
Dogs should always be kept on leads to ensure you are able to follow social distancing rules, and to allow all park users to enjoy our parks safely.
Independently owned cafes will be able to run a takeaway service only.
The public toilets in Finsbury Park will remain open.
We know how important parks are for residents’ wellbeing, and we want to thank everyone who has been using them responsibly during the pandemic.
For further information, visit the Parks pages on the Haringey Council website.
In line with government guidance on the new national restrictions which came into force yesterday (Thursday 5 November), we are having to make some changes to the Haringey library offer.
Haringey libraries are now closed to the general public for book browsing and general reading use.
However, three libraries – Hornsey, Marcus Garvey and Wood Green – will remain open for specified pre-booked services with opening hours of 10am to 4pm, Monday to Saturday. They will be COVID-secure and all visitors will be required to wear face coverings at all times and On arrival, you need to check-in using the NHS COVID-19 app, or alternatively a member of staff will take your details. The services on offer will be:
• Limited computer access of one hour at a time, arranged by pre-booking to support people who have no other digital access
• Collection of books requested using our online reservation and Ready Read service
• Dedicated use by appointment with schools for educational purposes
In addition, the Home Library Service will continue and expand, and all the library services that are already available online will continue and be developed working with other partners.
Please see our Libraries page for the latest information on our library offerings and changes to services.
Our Customer Services desks at Marcus Garvey and Wood Green libraries will remain open, with opening hours of 10am to 4pm, Monday to Friday. See here for more information on Customer Services changes.
Today, it was announced that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (also known as the furlough scheme) will remain open until 31 March 2021. For claim periods running to January 2021, employees will receive 80% of their usual salary for hours not worked, up to a maximum of £2,500 per month. The £2,500 cap is proportional to the hours not worked.
The government will review the policy in January to decide whether economic circumstances are improving enough to ask employers to contribute more.
Keep up to date with all the latest guidance by visiting our COVID-19 Business Support webpage.
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