Latest advice and useful links
For full up to date information visit our coronavirus (COVID-19) section
From Saturday 4 July more businesses will be allowed to open with social distancing measures in place, including restaurants, pubs, cinemas, visitor attractions, community centres and places of worship. In addition, you will be able to meet indoors and stay overnight with one other household at a time. You should continue to social distance from this other household both inside and outdoors. Read the Government's advice on meeting people from other households.
For daily key news from Camden Council on the coronavirus crisis see our coronavirus news page.
The coronavirus situation is changing daily and we know you may be concerned. We want to reassure everyone that we have robust plans in place to keep vital services running now. This is in particular care for older people and those with disabilities. We will be managing our workforce in a sensible way, and according to national guidance, to ensure we remain strong. We are flexible and prepared to work differently if necessary to support our residents.
You can find the latest information on the situation in the UK on the gov.uk website. For information on symptoms, how to protect yourself, and what to do if you think you might have coronavirus, visit the NHS coronavirus webpage.
Latest government advice
The Government guidance states that you must:
- stay at home as much as possible
- work from home if you can
- limit contact with other people
- keep your distance if you go out (2 metres apart from anyone outside your household)
- wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds
Self-isolate if you or anyone in your household has symptoms.
As of 24 July, face coverings must now be worn in the following places:
- All shops and shopping centres, including anywhere you go for takeaway food and drink
- Banks and building societies
- Post offices
You must also continue to wear a face covering on public transport and in hospitals. Please also wear one in any other enclosed public spaces where safe social distancing may be difficult.
These documents provide more detailed advice on the new Government guidance:
- Staying alert and safe (social distancing)
- Staying safe outside your home – the principles you should follow to ensure that time spent outside your home is as safe as possible
- FAQs: what you can and cannot do
Shielding for vulnerable residents
As of 1 August the Government guidance is that people who are clinically extremely vulnerable are no longer advised to shield and can now visit shops, places of worship and other venues. You can return to work if your workplace is Covid-secure however you should carry on working from home wherever possible. Read the government guidance on safety measures in the workplace.
In line with what was announced on Monday 22 June, the Government-provided food boxes and medicine deliveries have now stopped however there is still national and local support available:
- Supermarkets and other retailers are continuing to offer priority delivery slots for the clinically extremely vulnerable
- The NHS Volunteer Responders Programme will continue providing support with food, prescriptions and essential items to those who are self-isolating for any reason. You can contact them by calling 0808 196 3646 or by visiting their website
- 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 here.
The virus will be monitored closely and if it spreads too much, you may be advised to shield again. The Government will write to you if this happens.
Camden’s Local Outbreak Prevention and Control Plan
On 30 June, the Council published its Local Outbreak Prevention and Control Plan 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. This includes advice to have a test if you develop symptoms and if you test positive for COVID-19, to help trace people who you have been in contact with via NHS Test and Trace so that they can then self-isolate and help prevent further spread of infection.
The Plan also explains our role in working with local and national partners to investigate, manage and control local outbreaks to keep Camden safe.
Local outbreak planning together with testing and contact tracing – via NHS Test and Trace – will play a core role in our ongoing response to coronavirus.
The Plan will continue to be reviewed and updated as we learn more at a local and national level.
Test and Trace
The government has launched NHS Test and Trace which aims to ensure people with coronavirus symptoms can get tested and if they have the virus, will help to trace people they’ve been in close contact with so that they can also self-isolate and prevent further spread of the infection. We’ll share more information on this with you as soon as we have it but in the meantime, read more about testing at gov.uk and keep following the above public health advice.
Symptoms and stay at home advice
Visit the NHS coronavirus webpage for the latest advice and guidance.
Read Government information and advice in other languages
Coronavirus (COVID-19) section on the Camden website
We have created a coronavirus (COVID-19) section with information and resources you might need. This includes information on:
- council services and coronavirus
- schools and education
- adult social care
- parking and travel
- health advice, including on pregnancy and breastfeeding
- housing, including repairs and homelessness
Regardless of whether you’re a business owner, employee or resident, we know that COVID-19 could impact your job and finances which could have a knock-on effect to your ability to pay the bills, pay your rent or mortgage or even buy groceries. We do not know exactly what the coming months will bring but our aim in Camden in that no-one should get left behind so if you are struggling in any way, please read the information below so you know how to access support based on your circumstances. If your question isn’t covered below, please call us on 020 7974 4444 (option 9) because we are here to help and support everyone through this crisis.
The below links explain how you can access financial support if you’re a resident, worker or employer so please read whichever pages are relevant to you. Please share the links with colleagues, friends and family who live and work in Camden.
Please read whichever pages are relevant to you. Please share the links with colleagues, friends and family who live and work in Camden.
If your question isn’t answered, please call us on 020 7974 4444 (option 9) because we are here to help and support everyone through this crisis
If you have any media, press or communications enquiries about coronavirus, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for guidance.