Haringey coronavirus (COVID-19) updates
Cllr James, Cabinet Member for Adults and Health at Haringey Council, has welcomed comments from NHS Chief Executive, Sir Simon Steven, who has called for Social Care to be properly resourced.
Sir Simon Steven’s comments came during an interview with the BBC on the 72nd Anniversary of the NHS, who said that the COVID- 19 pandemic had shone “a very harsh spotlight” on the resilience and support available in social care.
Nationally, it is estimated that Local Authorities face a COVID-19 funding shortfall of £10bn. Adult Social Care faces a number of challenges arising from a combination of long-term funding cuts, population growth, and an increase in complex social care cases, which are further exacerbated by the added pressures of the COVID-19.
In response, Cllr James has started a petition calling for the government to fulfil their promise to give councils “whatever is necessary” to tackle this pandemic and to fully fund Adult Social Care.
It was encouraging to see so many businesses re-open last weekend and stick to the guidelines that had been set out.
A number of pubs and hairdressers/barbers were able to open their doors to the public and make the necessary changes to make their premises Covid-secure.
However, there are still a minority of barbers that still need to be advised on the requirements that need to be met including the use of PPE and protecting their customers.
It is crucial that we contain the spread of the coronavirus and avoid a second wave taking place that will force stricter lockdown measures to come back into place.
Our enforcement officers are out every day assessing businesses throughout the borough to ensure they are following the correct guidelines.
For all the information you need on the new guidelines and working safely please go to the government website.
A range of proportionate, protective measures to ensure all children and young people can return to full-time education in the autumn term have been published on the Government website (external link).
This latest guidance sets out a Public Health England-endorsed ‘system of controls’ to minimise the risks of coronavirus (COVID-19) transmission, as opposed to a ‘one size fits all’ approach for every possible scenario.
Depending then on a school’s specific circumstances, this will – as much as possible – include:
- Grouping children together
- Avoiding contact between groups
- Arranging classrooms with forward facing desks
- Staff maintaining distance from pupils and other staff as much as possible
These plans have been adapted from the arrangements already in place from the ongoing summer term, with the essential measures being the following:
- A requirement that people who are ill stay at home
- Robust hand and respiratory hygiene
- Enhanced cleaning arrangements
- Active engagement with NHS Test and Trace
- Formal consideration of how to reduce contacts and maximise distancing between those in school wherever possible and minimise potential for contamination so far as is reasonably practicable
Public health advice on how to minimise coronavirus (COVID-19) risks (external link) is also included in this guidance, along with contingency plans for any local coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreaks (external link).
This autumn term guidance is largely replicated in the proposed arrangements for the full reopening of special schools and other specialist settings (external link).
However, there’s some more specific information as well for early years settings (external link), mainstream schools (external link) and further education (FE) colleges and providers (external link) on the steps they will need to take to ensure children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) can return to full-time provision.
There are further details too on individual risk assessments for children and young people with education, health and care (EHC) plans (external link) and the temporary changes to SEND legislation (external link).
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