As of yesterday, 15 June 2020, many non-essential shops have started to re-open in England. We welcome the gradual relaxation of lockdown restrictions. However, we remind all of our members to remember:
Wear a face covering at all times on public transport.
Try to maintain social distancing of 2 metres (6 feet) at all times wherever possible.
Consider wearing a face covering at other times when out and when you can’t social distance (e.g. in a crowd).
Wash your hands frequently.
If you are over 70 or have other health conditions, still be very careful about protecting yourself – you really don’t want to get sick.
Places of worship are also starting to re-open for private prayer only. Many churches and gurdwaras will start to re-open, but mosques, synagogues and temples will remain closed for now. Check with your local place of worship for more details.
Unfortunately, hairdressers and beauty salons are still closed.
The funding has come from the HS2 Business and Local Economy Fund (BLEF), part of a combined total of £40 million in funding available to local communities and businesses that are demonstrably disrupted by the construction of Britain’s new high speed railway between London and the West Midlands. This is the largest award that has been made from the Funds to date and the project will join the other 113 projects between London and the West Midlands that have also benefited.
According to this article in the Camden New Journal, 500 healthy staff at UCLH will take part in a trial of a Covid-19 vaccine. It will try to see whether healthy people can be protected from coronavirus by the vaccine.
Test samples will be analysed at the Francis Crick Institute in Somers Town.
During the coronavirus pandemic, funding has been made available to house rough sleepers in hotels, under the “Everyone In” scheme. 160 rough sleepers are currently being housed by Camden Council in temporary accommodation.
Despite rumours that the Westminster Government are not going to continue the scheme once the current funding runs out, the Council have confirmed that funding will continue for at least the next three months.