Haringey coronavirus (COVID-19) updates
We're well aware that the COVID-19 crisis has had an unprecedented impact, with SMEs amongst the hardest hit. Many firms are being forced to change the way they operate and even restructure staff.
That’s why we're pleased to be supporting a new initiative, led by the London Progression Collaboration (LPC), to support SME recovery via a dedicated apprenticeship fund.
The Reskilling the Recovery campaign (external link) is helping large employers to pledge their unspent apprenticeship levy funds to enable small businesses to offer apprenticeship opportunities, recognising that the right people with the right skills are vital to business success. The apprenticeship opportunities created will help small businesses access training, as well as helping Londoners into work and to progress in work.
The campaign has already secured pledges of over £1.2m of unspent apprenticeship levy funding from organisations like Amazon, The BBC and several London Boroughs. These funds are immediately available to SMEs, and will cover the full cost of apprenticeship training for new and existing staff in their businesses.
As well as the funding, the London Progression Collaboration also offers businesses support and advice around how to get started with apprenticeships and how to make the most of the opportunities that they present. Their work is funded by the London Mayor and J.P. Morgan, so there is no cost to you.
If you would like to have a conversation with LPC about whether an apprenticeship would be right for your business and how to access the funding and support, please get in touch with us via email at email@example.com
From today (Monday September 14) social gatherings of more than six people from different households are banned
It comes as the figures show that the number of COVID-19 cases is increasing.
This means both indoors and outdoors – even in your own homes.
Anyone found ignoring this rule can face a fine of £100 – with the figure being doubled for each further breach up to a maximum of £3,200.
The only exceptions are:
- You live in a household of more than six people
- The people you are meeting are part of your support bubble
- You are at work or at school
- It is part of organised team sport
The new law – which will be enforced by the police – also allows more people to gather at COVID-19 secure venues, such as places of worship and restaurants.
(Please note that while restaurants and bars can be open for larger groups the numbers of people drinking or eating together from different households is limited to six).
Hospitality venues can still host larger numbers in total but groups of up to 6 must not mix or form larger groups.
Weddings and funerals of up to 30 people can still take place in COVID-19 secure venues.
Dr Will Maimaris, Haringey’s Director of Public Health, said: “In recent days we have been seeing COVID-19 figures going up very quickly across the UK.
“But this isn’t a problem just happening somewhere else, it is happening right here in Haringey.
“Unless we all act now to protect our communities, it will be our area, our families and our business which will be hit.
“We can no longer leave it up to someone else – we must all take personal responsibility if we are to bring the virus under control.
“So I’m asking everyone please wear a face covering when you go out; limit the number of people you see socially and keep your distance; and wash your hands more regularly.
“These are small measures, but they make a big difference.
“And if you show any of the signs of having COVID-19, a new cough that won’t go away, a fever or a change or loss of taste or smell, stay at home.”
Social gatherings of more than six people from different households will be banned from Monday (September 14) to halt a steep rise in Covid-19 cases.
The new move will make it illegal for larger groups to meet socially both indoors and outdoors.
It will also apply in people’s own homes and in bars and restaurants.
However, it will not apply to schools, workplaces or Covid-secure or places of worship. Up to 30 people will still be able to attend weddings and funerals.
Organised team sports will also be exempt.
Household bubbles – including support bubbles – which have more than six people will also be exempt from the new policy.
Those breaking the new law will face fines of £100, doubling up to a maximum of £3,200.
The ban comes as the figures show the number of under 30s testing positive for the Coronavirus has risen sharply since the beginning of July.
There is growing concern that although younger people are more resilient to the effects of the virus, it will jump to older generations who are more vulnerable and suffer worse symptoms.
You can find the latest information, including further details of what you can and cannot do, from the Government website here (external link).
People are again being reminded that even after these new rules come into place they should still:
- Wash their hands more often, for at least 20 seconds
- Wear a face covering, when in a public enclosed space
- Keep at least two metres from people (socially distance)
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