Haringey coronavirus (COVID-19) updates
With the summer holidays on and school libraries closed, you may need help finding suitable reading material to keep the kids busy.
Haringey libraries are offering Ready Reads, a selection of books chosen by our librarians based on your tastes. All you have to do is tell us what you or your children enjoy reading. You can’t request specific authors or individual books, but give us some tips and we will do our best to choose a batch of books that we think will be to your liking.
There are six books in each pack and one pack is available per library card.
You can order your Ready Reads by completing this Ready Reads online form or by calling us on 020 8489 2700, Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.
Ready Reads is available in all Haringey libraries, except Coombes Croft, Hornsey and Marcus Garvey Libraries, which remain closed. We will provide further updates on the opening of all three libraries as soon as they are available.
We also have Haringey Story Time and Rhyme Time to entertain your children – videos of children’s book readings and nursery rhyme singalongs are available here.
For most the chance to enjoy some summer sunshine will come as a welcome relief.
But we know some people may find themselves indoors because of the pandemic.
And just because people are not out in the sun, it does not mean they won’t feel the effects of the soaring temperatures.
It’s important to check that older friends, family and neighbours are coping during the hot weather, but you’ll need to do things differently this summer.
Keep in touch over the phone and follow the Public Health England’s guidance on how to safely care for others to help us #BeattheHeat.
So please, keep an eye out for anyone who may be indoors over the next few because they are:
• Limiting contact with others due to a high risk of a severe illness.
• Self-isolating because they or someone in their household has a coronavirus infection or have been in contact with someone.
• Recovering at home following severe illness.
People most at risk are:
• Older age: especially those over 75 years old, or who are socially isolated.
• Chronically ill: including those with heart or lung conditions, diabetes, renal insufficiency, Parkinson’s disease, or severe mental illness.
• On certain medications, including those that affect sweating and temperature control (for example, diuretics, antihistamines, beta-blockers and antipsychotics).
• Unable to adapt behaviour to keep cool: for example, the very young, those with a disability or bed bound, or have dementia.
• Those living or working in places with high temperatures: living in a top floor flat, being homeless, activities or jobs that are in hot places or outdoors and include high levels of physical exertion.
Advice for keeping healthy:
• Drink plenty of fluids and avoid excess alcohol.
• Open windows when the air feels cooler outside; cover windows exposed to direct sunlight.
• Slow down when it is hot.
• Cool your skin with water using a wet sponge or flannel.
• Stay connected and listen to the weather forecast.
• Dress appropriately for the weather.
• Follow the government’s advice about how to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.
You can find more information about how to #BeattheHeat by checking Public Health England’s website.
From the 8 August the government will be extending the existing guidance on places where members of the public will be required to wear a face covering, this includes:
• funeral directors
• cinemas and theatres
• concert halls
• museums, galleries, aquariums, indoor zoos or visitor farms, or other indoor tourist, heritage or cultural sites.
• nail, beauty, hair salons and barbers – other than where necessary to remove for treatments
• massage parlours
• public areas in hotels and hostels
• places of worship
• libraries and public reading rooms
Face coverings are not required in restaurants with table service, bars, and pubs.
Read the full list of places where face covering will be required (external link).
The government has also published social distancing cards or badges (external link) which people can display if they have difficulties or concerns in maintaining social distancing. The badges are available for mobile phones as well as print.
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