Haringey coronavirus (COVID-19) updates
From Monday 29 March, the ‘Stay at home’ rule will end, but many restrictions will still remain in place.
Evidence shows us that it is safer for people to meet outdoors rather than indoors. This is why from 29 March, when most schools start to break up for the Easter holidays, outdoor gatherings (including in private gardens) in a group of six (from any number of households), or in a group of any size from up to two households (each household can include existing support bubbles, if eligible), making it easier for friends and families to meet outside.
People will be able to take part in formally organised outdoor sports with any number of people (outdoor sports venues and facilities will be able to reopen) childcare and supervised activities will be allowed outdoors for all children.
Formally organised parent and child groups will be able to take place outdoors for up to fifteen attendees. Children under five will not be counted in this number.
People should continue to work from home where they can and minimise the number of journeys they make where possible, avoiding travel at the busiest times and routes. Travel abroad will continue to be prohibited, other than for a small number of permitted reasons. Holidays abroad will not be allowed, to manage the risk of imported variants and protect the vaccination programme. Anyone found to break this rule will risk being fined up to £5,000.
From 1 April, those identified as clinically extremely vulnerable will no longer be advised to shield. However, they should continue to take extra precautions to protect themselves. It is important that they continue to keep the number of social interactions they have low and try to limit the amount of time they spend in settings where they are unable to maintain social distancing.
For further information on the roadmap out of lockdown in England, please see COVID-19 Response – Spring 2021 (External link)
Th NHS is working with a range of partners to host a “Big Conversation” about the vaccine and its impact on London’s Muslim communities next Tuesday (30th March).
This will be an online event where several of the capital’s community leaders and vaccine experts will engage in an open and honest discussion and answer questions that have been raised by members of the Muslim community – questions such as: is the vaccine halal? Is it safe and effective? Will it affect fertility? And will having a vaccine during Ramadan break my fast?
The event has been organised jointly by the British Islamic Medical Association (BIMA), the NHS, Public Health England (PHE) and Greater London Authority (GLA) Muslim leaders.
Anyone can register to take part in the ‘Big Conversation’ by visiting the webpage (external link).
Haringey is marking the first National Day of Reflection with a minutes silence and other special tributes, as we look back on an unprecedented year due to the Covid-19 pandemic and remember those we have lost, support those in need and hope for a brighter future.
It is now exactly one year since the first UK lockdown was declared to reduce the spread of Covid-19 infections.
Communities around the country will be marking the day in their own ways, and in Haringey we will be changing our social media platform banners to yellow and local landmarks Alexandra Palace and Tottenham Hotspur Stadium will be illuminated in yellow to show the borough’s support.
Participants are encouraged to join a national minute of silence: the first will be at 12 noon and the second takes place at 8pm as we band together to light up the night - stand outside with a light of any kind to remember those who have passed and show support for those who are grieving.
Haringey’s Mayor, Cllr Adam Jogee, will observe the noon silence outside George Meehan House in Wood Green.
During the first lockdown, Haringey was able to send thousands of food parcels from our food hubs at Alexandra Palace and Tottenham Hotspur Stadium to vulnerable people across the borough, thanks to donations from local businesses and hard-working local volunteers.
The council was also able to provide people sleeping rough with emergency accommodation, regardless of their local connection, immigration status, eligibility or priority need.
Cllr Adam Jogee, Mayor of Haringey, said:
I invite Haringey’s residents to join me in observing the minute’s silence, as we remember those who we have lost to the Covid-19 pandemic during the past year, and also give thanks to the healthcare and essential workers throughout the country to whom we owe so much.
It’s been a tough year, but I’m incredibly proud of and encouraged by how Haringey’s communities have come together to care for one another during a time of need.
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