Haringey coronavirus (COVID-19) updates
No more than 15 people can attend a marriage or civil partnership celebration, following a tightening of Government rules last week.
The event must be held with socal distancing, at a Covid-secure venue, and the Government is warning that “the lower the number of attendees, the lower the risk of spreading the virus.”
This maximum number includes all those at the ceremony, including the couple, witnesses, and guests. Anyone working is not included as part of the limit on attendees.
Full guidance is available on the government website, including around social distancing, exchanging of the ring, religious aspects and singing. Read more (external link).
Hosting venues must also be closed between 10pm and 5am, in line with government guidance. An exception to this is that attendees may stay overnight at the venue.
Employers must not knowingly require or encourage someone who is being required to self-isolate to come to work.
Attendees and staff must wear a face covering (except when eating or drinking) in line with the guidance on face coverings (external link).
Staff must serve all food and drinks to minimise customer self-service, in line with the guidance for restaurants, pubs, bars and takeaway services (external link) and attendees should remain seated in hospitality settings.
The government says dancing should not be permitted due to the increased risk of transmission. The only exception to this is the couple’s ‘first dance’.
For further information for venues hosting these events, see the Government’s guidance for wedding and civil partnership receptions and celebrations (external link).
The announcement last week that London is now an Area of Concern means that the capital is one step closer towards a localised lockdown.
This followed a steep increase in the number of Covid-19 cases and more people being admitted to hospital with the virus.
In his weekly video update, Dr Will Maimaris, the Director of Public Health for Haringey, has spelled out what stricter measures could look like.
With cases on the rise, we are seeing tighter restrictions on where people can go and what they can do in different parts of the country.
He said that unless we made small sacrifices now, we risked following in their footsteps with a ban on guests to our homes and sanctions on who we can see.
He said: “In the North East of England we are seeing what that actually means. People there are already banned from having guests in their homes or gardens.
“And they have been told they must not meet with friends from outside their own households in indoor settings, whether those people are from the affected areas or not.
“This will have a big impact on the area’s shops, bars, restaurants and other leisure facilities, as well as people’s day to day lives.
“That is why locally, we must make smaller sacrifices now.
“By doing the right thing such as limiting the number of friends we see, wearing a mask when we are indoors in public places and keeping our distance, we will reduce that risk of more restrictions.”
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As a local authority we are very fortunate in the support and action taken by the many volunteers who help their communities, especially during the pandemic.
However, those selfless individuals must remember not to put themselves or those they help at any greater risk of catching or passing on Covid-19.
The Government has published a short guide on the best way that volunteers and the people they assist can remain safe.
You can find the information here (external link).
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