Mon 01/03/21 update:
Roadmap out of lockdown
Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Monday the plan to ease the UK out of lockdown. This includes:
- The return of children to schools and colleges on the 8 March.
- From 29 March, the Stay at Home order will be lifted and gatherings of 6 people or 2 households will be allowed, although many other lockdown restrictions will remain in place at this time.
- No earlier than 12 April, a wide range of venues and services will be allowed to reopen with strict social distancing measures in place, including hairdressers, gyms, swimming pools and outdoor attractions such as zoos and theme parks. Hospitality services will be allowed to serve people outside and permitted numbers for weddings, wakes and commemorative services will rise from 6 to 15.
- No earlier than 17 May, most outdoor regulations will be lifted, but gatherings of more than 30 will still be illegal, indoor hospitality and entertainment venues can reopen, and larger performances and events will be able to take place in indoor and outdoor venues at reduced capacity.
- No earlier than 21 June, it’s hoped that all limits on social contact can be removed and that nightclubs can reopen
Before proceeding from one step to the next, the Government will analyse data to ensure that further easing restrictions is safe.
For a full breakdown of the roadmap out of lockdown, please visit the Government’s website.
Read Mayor of Hackney Philip Glanville’s statement on the Prime Minister’s announcement.
Mon 08/02/21 update:
In-line with Public Health England’s latest advice, we would like to encourage residents who have learning disabilities and/or mental health conditions who are described as being in the “clinically extremely vulnerable” group (previously described as “shielding”) to book their vaccination appointments. The more people who are vaccinated, the more we can get life back to normal!
If you have received a letter and are struggling to book your appointment, or need support with getting to the site, or want more information on the vaccines, please do contact your GP. Alternatively, you can contact Laura Sharpe CEO of City and Hackney GP Confederation. She is happy to be contacted to talk through what support is available, such as transportation. Family, friends, and carers are all allowed to come to the site too, to accompany someone, and they can also alert the staff at the site if you need support once there.
An offer has also been made for a meeting or telephone call with a clinician to talk through any concerns people have about the vaccine if you think this might help.
Unfortunately, due to the current Alert Level, we are unable to offer this service but do watch this space for our future opening times, in which you will be able to drop in and meet our Community Champions. Homerton Assembly Community Champions are here to act as a signposting service to help provide information in relation to Covid-19, answer questions where possible, and offer guidance to further assistance. We are here; supporting those living within Hackney, helping neighbours and residents to access and make the best use of their local resources.
We will be hosting several forums via Zoom in which we can e-meet others in the community, share knowledge and ask questions.
We are interested in your opinion. Keep a lookout on our social media platforms to engage with our Twitter polls and feedback forms.
Sign-up to our Homerton Assembly mailing list (link at bottom of this page) to receive regular information on the latest advice in relation to Covid-19.
For further information or if you are interested in becoming a Community Champion, please email email@example.com
Symptoms & Testing
How and where to get a test
There are three ways to get tested:
- At a drive-through
- At a mobile test site
- Home test kit – to book a test you must visit – https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-for-coronavirus/ask-for-a-test-to-check-if-you-have-coronavirus/
Information about where testing sites can be found are as follows:
Hackney – www.hackney.gov.uk/coronavirus-support
If you need help booking a test, call the Coronavirus Testing Call Centre on 119 between the hours of 7am and 11pm.
The service can be accessed by people with hearing or speech difficulties by calling 18001 119 (in England and Wales).
To receive the test results you will need a phone number and – if you are booking the test online – an email address.
If you do not have either of these, you can nominate someone to receive the results on your behalf. Their telephone number and/or email address will need to be provided when you book the test.
Facts – Good to Know
Watch out for Covid-19 scams
Unfortunately, some criminals are taking advantage of the coronavirus pandemic to scam people out of money and personal information or to encourage people to click on malicious links.
In a recently reported incident, a resident received a text claiming to be from the UK Government, which urged them to click on a suspicious link to apply for a grant worth £277.59 due to the lockdown circumstances. This grant is non-existent.
We encourage you to follow the below guidelines:
- Be wary of anything relating to coronavirus support by text message or social media that doesn’t come from an official source, such as the Council, UK Government, Citizen’s Advice or the NHS.
- Check anything suspicious. For example, where a text claims to be from an official source and includes a link, cross-check the website link with the organisation’s website. If it does not, do not click on the link. Please note that pages on the UK Government’s website will always end in ‘gov.uk’.
- For official information about support available during the pandemic, always search the Government’s website to ensure that this support offer is genuine.
- If in doubt, you can contact the official organisation that the offer claims to be from via social media*, email or phone number, to check its authenticity.
- Check a phone number with a second source such as the organisation’s website
- Even if the text comes from someone you trust and know personally – or if it has been forwarded onto you by them – their phone may have been compromised. Call them or send them a message on social media to ask if they posted the offer. Be careful though, they may not realise that it is a scam themselves. It’s always best to check with the official organisation that the offer claims to be from if something doesn’t look right.
*Please note that official accounts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram tend to have a ‘blue tick’ next to their account name to show that they’re verified.
If you’ve been a victim of a scam, visit Citizen’s Advice for help
More information about Covid-19 scams can be found here: https://hackney.gov.uk/scams
Coronavirus update from Dr Sandra Husbands, Hackney’s Director of Public Health:
Find out the latest information about Coronavirus cases in Hackney in Dr Sandra Husband’s blog.
Volunteer to help the NHS’s vaccination programme:
Residents can apply to volunteer for roles in the NHS’s Covid-19 vaccination programme and help in the effort to vaccinate key workers and clinically extremely vulnerable people.