From Friday, schools and nurseries were shut until further notice. There is an exception for vulnerable children and key workers. To find out if you are classified as a key worker, and therefore able to continue to send your child/children to school or nursery please click here.
To help you stay active and get outdoors, please follow the following advice on using parks safely (click the image to view larger version):
Leisure centre closures
Following the announcement from the government earlier today, Fusion will be closing all three leisure centres, Tottenham Green, Park Road and Broadwater Farm until further notice.
From Monday 23rd March, Wood Green Library will be the only Haringey library remaining open. All other libraries will be closed.
If you have existing library books they can be renewed online or over the phone, and any late fees will be waived whilst the libraries remain closed.
If you are going to Wood Green Library, please follow all health advice; clean your hands regularly and keep 2m apart from other library users, staff, and members of the public.
Changes to Parking Restrictions
Haringey Council has made adjustments to parking enforcement to support essential NHS and police staff, as well as residents that have been adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. From Monday 23 March the council will suspend enforcement of on street residential, shared use and permit parking bays.
However, in order to ensure that road users, vulnerable residents and those providing an essential services are kept safe, the council will continue to enforce yellow lines, footway parking, disabled parking bays, business bays, doctors bays and pay by phone bays. The council will also continue to remove vehicles that park illegally on yellow lines, on the footway or in those parking bays.
This means that key workers, and residents may use any of Haringey's on street residential, shared use and permit parking bays.
The council will need to monitor those arrangements daily to ensure that demand does not exceed capacity in those bays and have acknowledged that changes may need to be made at short notice and this may include resuming normal enforcement.
Should you face additional parking pressures on your road or in your area due to these changes, please do let us know as soon as possible so that we can report this to the council.
The Council have received a number of offers of support and are co-ordinating these through Connected Communities and you are encouraged to channel any offers of support (of volunteering, food, supplies, other resources) through this route:
020 8489 4431 (Monday to Friday | 09:30-16:30)
These contact details can also respond to individual resident or organisational requests for support and we have already taken calls from a number of local residents, whose main concern is continued access to food and the impact of reduced hours of employment
In this process, the Council is keen to ensure that volunteering is an effective and safe mechanism to support our most vulnerable residents through these difficult times. The council is now linked into London Resilience arrangements and actively working with partners across London to agree a consistent approach and messaging to safe volunteering at London level. We anticipate this new guidance will be available in 24 – 48 hours and we are anxious that our approach aligns well. We will be publicising this guidance as soon as we can.
Communication with residents
The Council is communicating with residents on a daily basis, online and through their social media. There is a dedicated page on the council website with all the up-to-date information and messages to residents, which you can access here and we would encourage you to bookmark: https://www.haringey.gov.uk/news-and-events/haringey-coronavirus-covid-19-updates
Mutual Aid groups
This is clearly a dark time for our community. However, one of the encouraging signs has been how many neighbours have formed local groups to help people in their areas who are self-isolating.
However, it is vitally important that all residents, both volunteers and those receiving help, are kept safe and protected. The council has provided guidance on volunteering that we ask that you please read:
Guidance for volunteers: Please click here
Guidance for those requiring help: Please click here
If you would like to volunteer to assist your neighbours, or if you need help with shopping etc because you are self isolating, then you can find out more at Haringey Covid 19 Mutual Aid, and you can join your local Mutual Aid Whatsapp Group by clicking here. Please note, these groups are for neighbourhood assistance, not for medical advice.
And if you are concerned about a vulnerable resident who may need additional support, or if you have any concerns about the welfare of the person you are speaking to, or people in their household, please contact the Haringey Council Connected Communities team www.haringey.gov.uk/community/connected-communities
020 8489 4431 (Monday to Friday | 09:30-16:30)