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.
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.
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.