Haringey coronavirus (COVID-19) updates
All council-run ball courts, multi-use games areas (MUGAs), outdoor gyms and skate parks will begin to re-open from today (Monday 29 March) as the Government’s first of four steps out of the national lockdown restrictions enters its second phase.
It may take a few days to implement these changes, so please bear with us – and don’t use any such equipment or facilities still closed and cordoned off – in the meantime.
Haringey residents and visitors to the borough and our parks will be able to take part in formally organised, outdoor sports from today (29 March) too, as long as you have permission from the Council to do so.
With the Government’s ‘Stay At Home’ guidance ending today (Monday 29 March), residents and visitors to our parks are reminded that – though changes shall be applicable in terms of social contact outdoors – many restrictions will remain in place.
Gatherings of up to six people (the ‘Rule of Six’) or two households outdoors will be allowed so that families and friends can meet outside more easily.
Remember ‘Hands, Face, Space’ though – Wash your hands thoroughly throughout the day for 20 seconds at a time; wear a face covering/mask whenever and wherever applicable and appropriate (especially when it’s not possible to maintain a 2m/6ft social distance), and maintain a safe distance from people not from your own household.
We know how important our parks and green, open spaces are for our residents’ mental health and wellbeing, and would like to thank everyone who has been using them responsibly.
Step 2 of the Government’s roadmap out of the national lockdown restrictions (external link) won’t come into effect before Monday 12 April, with the four key tests still needing to be met in order to do so.
They are as follows:
- The vaccine deployment programme continues successfully
- Evidence shows vaccines are sufficiently effective in reducing hospitalisations an deaths in those vaccinated
- Infection rates do not risk a surge in hospitalisations which would put unsustainable pressure on the NHS
- The Government’s assessment of the risks is not fundamentally changed by new Variants of Concern
For further information regarding the roadmap out of lockdown, visit the Government website (external link).
Adult lane swimming and outdoor group exercise classes will return to Fusion Lifestyle centres across the borough from today (Monday 29 March), with advanced bookings having gone live on Thursday (25 March).
The centres will be operating in line with the latest Government guidelines and those planning to visit will be required to book and pay online – thereby minimising contact at the centre and allowing for the Track and Trace process to be implemented. Centre users will be asked to arrive with their costumes under their clothes or ready to exercise.
These measures, combined with meticulous cleaning routines, are designed to keep customers safe and offer complete confidence to use the facilities and attend classes.
Fusion is working with Haringey Council to reopen other facilities in the borough in a phased approach in line with the Government roadmap.
Anthony Cawley, Director of Operations at Fusion, said:
We are really excited we will be able to start welcoming the local community back to our centres, starting with outdoor activities from 29 March. We know how much the nation has missed swimming and group exercise and we’re delighted to be amongst the first to offer these. We know how important our leisure facilities are for the health and wellbeing of the local community, so we’ll be doing our best to offer the choice of as many outdoor options as we can while we are waiting to open more facilities.
Booking can be made up to seven days in advance via the Fusion Lifestyle app or by visiting the Fusion Lifestyle website (external link) and registering to use the booking facility. For centre opening times and timetables, please visit:
We would like to thank all residents within the defined test area of N10 - Muswell Hill, who got tested this week to help with our surveillance of the COVID-19 Brazilian variant. This was following the detection of one case in February, traced back to travel from Brazil. As part of the test area was in the borough of Barnet, we worked in partnership with Barnet Council in coordinating the programme locally on behalf of NHS Test & Trace.
Many of you visited our Mobile Test Unit (MTU) in the M&S carpark behind Muswell Hill Broadway to get tested or picked up testing kits from; the MTU, temporary hub at Muswell Hill Library, Alexandra Palace or our team who knocked at your door. Overall we distributed over 3,000 test kits.
We have now completed our enhanced testing programme in the area and all tests returned to us will be sent for genetic analysis. We expect to have initial results back in four weeks’ time.
Cases in Muswell Hill remain low and there is no change to the public health risk. To keep cases low please continue to follow the Public Health guidance: Wash your hands regularly, wear a face covering in enclosed spaces and practice social distancing with people from outside your own household. You should also get tested regularly if you are part of a household with nursery, school or college aged children or staff, including care bubbles.
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