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The announcement last week that London is now an Area of Concern means that the capital is one step closer towards a localised lockdown.
This followed a steep increase in the number of Covid-19 cases and more people being admitted to hospital with the virus.
In his weekly video update, Dr Will Maimaris, the Director of Public Health for Haringey, has spelled out what stricter measures could look like.
With cases on the rise, we are seeing tighter restrictions on where people can go and what they can do in different parts of the country.
He said that unless we made small sacrifices now, we risked following in their footsteps with a ban on guests to our homes and sanctions on who we can see.
He said: “In the North East of England we are seeing what that actually means. People there are already banned from having guests in their homes or gardens.
“And they have been told they must not meet with friends from outside their own households in indoor settings, whether those people are from the affected areas or not.
“This will have a big impact on the area’s shops, bars, restaurants and other leisure facilities, as well as people’s day to day lives.
“That is why locally, we must make smaller sacrifices now.
“By doing the right thing such as limiting the number of friends we see, wearing a mask when we are indoors in public places and keeping our distance, we will reduce that risk of more restrictions.”
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As a local authority we are very fortunate in the support and action taken by the many volunteers who help their communities, especially during the pandemic.
However, those selfless individuals must remember not to put themselves or those they help at any greater risk of catching or passing on Covid-19.
The Government has published a short guide on the best way that volunteers and the people they assist can remain safe.
You can find the information here (external link).
Updated guidance on what to do if you’ve been told that you’ve come into contact with someone who has COVID-19, has been published by the Government.
It sets out what you and other members of your household should do if one of you comes into contact with a person carrying the virus.
The measures are designed to reduce the chances of coronavirus spreading, and, under government rules, anyone not complying with the new COVID-19 laws could be fined.
If you have been informed that you are a contact of a person who has tested positive for COVID-19, you must self-isolate at home for 14 days from the date of your last contact with them.
Do not go to work, school, or public areas, and do not use public transport or taxis.
Even if you never develop symptoms, you can still be infected and pass the virus on without knowing it.
If you do not have symptoms of COVID-19, other people in your household do not need to self-isolate at home with you.
The advice also covers questions about what to do if you have already tested positive for COVID-19 but later come into contact with someone else who has it.
You could be fined if you do not stay at home and self-isolate following a positive test result for COVID-19.
You could also be fined if you are contacted by NHS Test and Trace and instructed to self-isolate because you are a contact of someone who has had a positive test result.
If you test positive for COVID-19, it will also be an offence to knowingly provide false information about your close contacts to NHS Test and Trace.
The Government says that failure to comply with these requirements may result in a fine of up to £10,000.
For more details check the official advice here (external link).
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