Coronavirus – Further easing of restrictions

With a gradual reduction in the number of new Covid-19 cases, the Government has announced a further easing of restrictions in England to take effect from Saturday 04 July.

  • Two-metre social distancing reduced to “one metre plus” if other precautions are in place.
  • Restaurants, pubs & hairdressers can re-open if they meet COVID Secure guidelines.
  • Cinemas, galleries, museums, libraries, and community centres can all re-open if they can do so safely.
  • Hotels, B&Bs, caravan parks, etc. can re-open, so people can go for holidays within England.
  • Two separate households can meet up in any social setting with social distancing, so, for example, grandparents can meet their grandchildren (though maybe not all at once).
  • Different rules apply in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, so check the rules there before planning any longer journeys.

There are still some things closed:

  • Indoor gyms are still closed.
  • Swimming pools are still closed.
  • Nightclubs, etc are still closed.
  • Theatres cannot have live performances, but it seems that they could show televised performances to a live audience.

Remember to wash your hands frequently, don’t cough or sneeze on anyone, and wear a face covering on public transport.

Many Shops re-open

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.
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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.

Government Guidance for non-essential retail

Coronavirus deaths in Camden care homes

A recent article in the Camden New Journal states that there have, sadly, been coronavirus-related deaths in 10 of the 11 care homes in Camden.

Exact numbers are not known at the moment, for a number of reasons, including lack of testing, and transferral of patients between care homes and hospitals.

Our thoughts continue to be with all the families affected.

Mental Health

If you are struggling through these times, there are things to do to help yourself.

NHS: Every Mind Matters
NHS: Every Mind Matters

The NHS recommends:

  1. Stay connected with people
  2. Talk about your worries
  3. Support and help others
  4. Feel prepared
  5. Look after your body
  6. Stick to the facts
  7. Stay on top of difficult feelings
  8. Do things you enjoy
  9. Focus on the present
  10. Look after your sleep

For more detailed information, go to:

Message from Camden Council


16 April 2020


I know that this is a worrying time for many people – particularly if you’ve lost a job or seen your income reduce as a result of coronavirus. We are determined to do everything we can to help as part of our already substantial package of financial support. This will include a further reduction in council tax for over 6,600 low-income households through our Council Tax Support scheme and the option to apply for a one-off payment through our Local Welfare Assistance Scheme. You can find more information about this and additional financial support below.

I also want to say a massive thank you to the part you played in staying at home over the bank holiday weekend – particularly those of you who don’t have much space. Whether you live in a shared house with lots of other people, had to celebrate Easter, Passover or Vaisakhi without loved ones or have small children to keep entertained, we know it’s hard to stay indoors. The efforts we are making together are saving lives and allowing the NHS to help those that need it so please do keep following advice and only go out to buy essential food and medicine or to exercise once a day, keeping 2 metres from those not living with you.

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Things to do while isolated – Keeping Fit

As this time of social distancing goes on, it becomes more and more important to do some sort of exercise to keep fit and and active.

There are all sorts of things available to help us do that, from apps to websites, to Youtube channels.

Websites like allow circular walks of various lengths to be followed. Just put in your starting point, how long you’d like to walk, and your walking speed, and it will do the rest.

Or you’ve heard of Joe Wicks and his morning workout classes for kids (and adults!):

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