Haringey coronavirus (COVID-19) updates
Due to a positive Covid-19 test for a member of staff, we have a limited availability of resources and several libraries will close temporarily.
All our library staff social distance and wear PPE while working, but safety protocols require that other staff members isolate and get tested.
As a result, Alexandra Park, Hornsey, Highgate and Stroud Green & Harringay Libraries will be closed to the public until further notice.
Online services are still available – for information, see our libraries page.
We will provide a further update as soon as possible. In the meantime, please be assured that the libraries will be cleaned and made safe for the public. Upon reopening, Covid-safety measures will remain in place and all visitors are required to wear masks and adhere to social distancing.
The time that people must self-isolate after coming into contact with someone who has tested positive with Covid-19 will be cut from 14 days to 10 from Monday (14 December).
The quarantine reduction will also apply to anyone arriving from countries that are not on the travel corridor list.
All four of the UK’s Chief Medical Officers issued a statement today explaining why they made the decision but stressed that self-isolation was still important in the fight against the virus.
They said: "After reviewing the evidence, we are now confident that we can reduce the number of days that contacts self-isolate from 14 days to 10.
"People who return from countries which are not on the travel corridor list should also self-isolate for 10 days instead of 14 days."
The NHS Test and Trace app will not update its 14-day counter until next Thursday.
Because there will be a time-lag before it updates, anyone who has been advised to isolate by the app can leave isolation if their countdown timer hits three days between Monday and Thursday.
For the full statement and advice please go the Government website (external link).
Local charity, Wise Thoughts, is looking for LGBTQI+ volunteers for a peer-to-peer befriending service for LGBTQI+ people who may be feeling isolated, lonely or just want to meet new people.
Volunteers will be matched with a service user and then introduced to begin weekly catch-ups. All you need to qualify is to identify as a member of the LGBTQI+ community and have some knowledge of Haringey.
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