Latest advice and useful links
The latest Government guidance
On 12 October, the government announced a new three-tier system for local lockdown measures. The local COVID alert levels – medium, high and very high – will be implemented depending on local infection rates.
From Saturday 17 October 2020, London will move up to a ‘high’ level of local COVID alert.
This means that the following new guidance will be introduced in addition to what is already in place:
- We will only be able to socialise indoors with people we live with or those in our support bubble - This applies to all indoor settings including homes, pubs and restaurants
- We can socialise outdoors with people who are not in our bubble or household, however only in groups of up to 6
- We should reduce the amount we travel, especially on public transport
- People who were previously shielding are advised to take extra precautions
In addition to the new guidance, it remains absolutely vital that we continue to follow public health advice which is:
- Washing our hands regularly with warm, soapy water for at least 20 seconds
- Wearing a face covering in indoor public spaces, unless exempt. When wearing a face covering, it should cover our nose and mouth
- Consider wearing a face covering if we are visiting a person with underlying health conditions, along with taking other precautions
- Staying 2 meters apart from people we don’t live with
- If we develop symptoms, self-isolating and getting tested via nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119.
Access support to self-isolate
Self-isolating is important because it will prevent you from passing it on to other people and keep those around you safe. If you need help to self-isolate, whether it be accessing food or medicine, support with your job and work needs, or help with your children’s education and caring responsibilities, please call us on 020 7974 4444 (option 9).
Advice for vulnerable residents
From Saturday 17 October, London will be at a ‘high’ level of local COVID alert. This means that residents who were previously shielding are advised to take extra precautions to keep themselves safe. We are also advising all residents who need to visit someone who is vulnerable to take extra precautions themselves such as wearing a face covering during the visit and washing hands on arrival.
- You can find details of further support and advice available from the Government at gov.uk/find-coronavirus-support
- You can also find out more about accessing local support in Camden
Wearing a face covering is important because coronavirus usually spreads by droplets from coughs, sneezes and speaking. You can help prevent it spreading by covering your mouth and nose with a face covering but if it doesn’t cover both, it’s not going to work.
You must wear a face covering on public transport, in taxis and in all indoor public spaces. You could face a minimum fine of £200 for not wearing one.
The following people are exempt from wearing a face covering:
- Anyone under the age of 11
- Those with disabilities or certain health conditions, such as respiratory or cognitive impairments that make it difficult for them to wear a face covering
If you are exempt from wearing one, you can request a free print or digital exemption badge at gov.uk/government/publications/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own
Camden’s Local Outbreak Prevention and Control Plan
To learn more about the Council’s plans to prevent and control local cases of coronavirus, read its Local Outbreak Prevention and Control Plan (PDF) which explains how we will support all of our residents, communities and businesses to understand and follow public health advice to prevent and control the spread of coronavirus.