Council leader responds to Tier 5 lockdown

Haringey Council’s latest lockdown response

By Simon Allin, Local Democracy Reporter

The leader of Haringey Council said moving to a national lockdown is the right decision and pledged to help people through an “incredibly tough” time.

Cllr Joseph Ejiofor said the council will continue to support residents and businesses through schemes that were set up at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.

He also urged people to follow the guidelines designed to stop the spread of the virus and warned the council would “firmly, fairly and assiduously enforce the regulations.”

It comes after Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a new England-wide lockdown on Monday, with non-essential businesses forced to close and people only allowed to leave their homes for limited reasons.

Cllr Ejiofor said: “After everything we have all been through over the last year, this latest national lockdown will be incredibly tough for so many people – but it is the right decision.

“Covid cases have hit a record high, and this is a virus that is killing people every day. Our NHS hospitals are being stretched to the limit and as a nation, and a borough, we must take the strongest action to defeat it. I would please urge everyone to follow the new rules – to stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives.

“If you do need to leave your home, please ensure that you wash your hands regularly, wear a mask and social distance from others. There are centres available for those who need to be tested regularly because of their work, and there is a clear process to apply for financial support for those who may need to self-isolate because of a positive test.

“We know this will be a difficult time for our residents and businesses once again, but the council is there to support you, and help is available through our Connected Communities and Haringey Together schemes. Let me reiterate: Haringey Council is here to help. But we must also say that we will firmly, fairly and assiduously enforce the regulations in our borough.”

The council leader thanked teaching staff for their “incredible efforts” in keeping youngsters educated through online learning and said he had no doubt people in the borough would keep supporting each other.

Haringey Council said residents who are shielding can access medication deliveries from their local community pharmacies and priority delivery slots for online or phone-based delivery services.

The council is awaiting further government guidance on support available for businesses during the latest set of national restrictions.

A digital business directory has also been set up to support local businesses during the pandemic and encourage residents to shop safely.

The Connected Communities phoneline continues to offer support for residents, including access to food and essential items. The number to dial is 0208 489 4431, with lines open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm.

Visit the Covid business web page here.

General information on support available to residents, businesses and families in Haringey through the winter and the Covid-19 pandemic is available here.

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