Haringey coronavirus (COVID-19) updates
We all have a role to play in avoiding a second wave of Coronavirus – that is why Dr Will Maimaris, Haringey Council’s Director of Public Health, is urging residents and businesses to use our high streets responsibly.
Dr Maimaris is warning that the pandemic is far from over, and is urging those visiting shops, restaurants and pubs to ensure they are following the guidance – to wear masks where required, wash hands regularly and keep up the social distancing.
Across the country there have been reports of people flouting the rules, and it is vital that here in Haringey we all work together to protect lives and livelihoods and avoid a local lockdown.
In fact we are already starting to see a rise in the number of cases in London and in Haringey, and we must all act together now to stop any further increases in our borough.
Our enforcement team are on the ground working hard to support businesses and ensure they know the rules.
If you are meeting friends in your garden, or at home, please make sure you follow the rules.
You should only meet people you do not live with in three types of groups:
- you can continue to meet in any outdoor space in a group of up to six people from different households
- single adult households – in other words adults who live alone or with dependent children only – can continue to form an exclusive ‘support bubble’ with one other household
- you can also meet in a group of two households (anyone in your support bubble counts as one household), in any location ‒ public or private, indoors or outdoors. This does not need to be the same household each time.
In the video Dr Maimaris said: “It’s really great that people are supporting local businesses and restaurants and we encourage people to continue to do so.
“However, we have seen some people not following the guidelines and not being respectful of other individuals out on the high street.
“Please remember Coronavirus has not gone away and everyone must play their part in helping to contain the spread of the virus.
“I would also urge our businesses to make sure they have taken the necessary steps to keep their customers safe.
“This is for everyone’s sake and will also ensure that businesses can remain open in the long run and we have a thriving economy and avoid a local lockdown.
“So together we can make a difference in stopping a second wave in Haringey and helping to save lives and livelihoods.”
His message comes as the Government announced that new fines for organisers of illegal raves, unlicensed music events, or any other unlawful gathering of 30 people were being introduced.
They face penalties of up to £10,000, while those taking part in events could be issued with £100 fines up to a maximum of £3,200 for repeat offenders.
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To report businesses flouting the lockdown rules visit Haringey’s enforcement team. Please contact: Reopening@haringey.gov.uk
For more advice on:
How to stop the spread (external link)
Organisers of illegal raves, unlicensed music events, or any other unlawful gathering of 30 people or more face fines of up to £10,000, the Government has said.
The new measures come into effect from this Friday, 28 August 2020, ahead of the bank holiday weekend.
Fines of £100 can continue to be issued to those who take part in illegal gatherings and those who have already received a fine will see the amount doubled on each offence, up to a maximum of £3,200.
They have been introduced as part of a move to target the most serious breaches of social distancing restrictions.
In London, the Metropolitan Police has responded to more than 1,000 unlicensed events since the end of June, receiving information on more than 200 events across the city in a single weekend.
It comes as fines for not wearing face coverings in many enclosed public spaces will also double for repeat offences.
Starting at £100 they will double to a maximum of £3,200 for each repeat offence, mirroring fixed penalty notices for breaches of other restrictions.
It is mandatory to wear a face covering on public transport, and in many enclosed public spaces including shops, supermarkets and high street outlets unless you are exempt, including on the grounds of age, health or disability.
You can find more information on the new fines here (external link).
There are only a few hours left to apply for Small Business Grant Fund and the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant.
We must receive your application by 5pm TODAY.
To apply for either you will need to fulfil certain criteria:
- Small Business Grant Fund - a £10,000 grant will be provided to businesses currently eligible for small business rate relief (SBRR). This closes TODAY Friday 28 August at 5pm.
- Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund - a £25,000 grant will be provided to retail, hospitality and leisure businesses that have a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000. You can only claim this grant funding if you pay business rates or are eligible for small business rate relief (SBRR). This closes TODAY Friday 28 August at 5pm.
You can find out if you are eligible to apply and find a link to the relevant forms here.
Garage owners, who have a retail element to their business could also apply for a Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant.
For more information contact us at COVIDsmallbusinessgrant@haringey.gov.uk to discuss it further.
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