Haringey coronavirus (COVID-19) updates
As coronavirus cases continue to rise, the Government has updated the guidance on shielding for people who are clinically extremely vulnerable, during the latest national restrictions in England.
Those who are clinically extremely vulnerable (external link) are advised to stay at home as much as possible. You should only go out for medical appointments, exercise or if it is essential. You should not attend work and you are advised not to go to the shops.
Use online shopping if you can, or ask others to collect and deliver shopping for you (friends and family, local volunteers or NHS Volunteer Responders - external link). You can also register (external link) to request priority access to supermarket delivery slots.
If you are clinically extremely vulnerable you will get priority access to vaccination against COVID-19, you will be contacted again by the NHS with more information on when and how you will be invited to get the vaccine.
There’s help available locally for anyone who’s struggling through the winter and pandemic.
The Haringey Food Network is a partnership of community food providers working together to ensure equal access to food for all Haringey residents. Food is distributed through the network to Haringey households in need of support, including through food banks in the borough. If you or someone you know needs food support, there’s a map of food hubs in Haringey here.
There’s also assistance available with housing and council tax costs. People experiencing financial hardship and needing help keeping up with rent may be able to access Discretionary Housing Payments – to qualify you must be in receipt of Housing Benefit or Universal Credit for housing costs. Those on a low income can apply to the Council Tax Reduction Scheme – visit our Council Tax webpages to find out more.
If you or someone you know is struggling to pay for energy costs, you may qualify for crisis vouchers and debt relief assistance. We’re also offering one-off grants of up to £500 to support residents who are required to self-isolate. Where possible, we will also support people with no recourse to public funds.
Help is available for Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (CEV) or ‘shielded’ residents from our Connected Communities team. If you or someone you know needs help, please call the phoneline on 0208 489 4431, open Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm. If you’re unable to work due to having to self-isolate, you may be eligible for government support – see the NHS website for more details.
There’s help available with school clothing costs. Households with a child eligible for free school meals who began secondary school in September 2020 can apply for a one-off grant of up to £60. The closing date for applications is 31 March 2021, and your child’s date of birth must be between 1 September 2008 and 31 August 2009.
There’s also plenty of assistance available for businesses. Local business grants are available to support firms affected by Covid restrictions. If you own a business that needs assistance to open and operate safely during the pandemic, get in touch with our Covid-Safe Business Campaign, who will be happy to help. Find more information on our COVID-19 business support pages.
Currently we are enforcing parking restrictions as normal.
This is to ensure that traffic can flow freely and safely, protect parking spaces for those entitled to use them and safeguard parking for critical (NHS and care) workers.
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