Please continue to do your bit to protect others
Legally enforceable Covid restrictions will come to an end in England on Monday. Despite this relaxation, we’re seeing a rapid increase in the number of Covid infections.
709 people in Harrow tested positive for Covid in the last 7 days – a rise of nearly 70% on the week before. The true picture is likely to be much worse.
Many people have not been vaccinated and remain vulnerable to Covid. Even people that have been vaccinated can become ill if they catch the virus and can also still pass it on to others.
With the threat of Covid still present, we’re asking everyone that interacts with council services to continue to follow the same safety measures that we’ve all been using throughout the pandemic.
When visiting our buildings, please continue to sanitise your hands, wear a face covering and observe social distancing. To help keep you safe, measures such as extra cleaning, ventilation and Perspex screens will remain in place.
We’ve asked our staff to also follow this guidance when they interact with you. Council workers who make home visits will continue to wear face coverings and any extra personal protective equipment introduced to combat Covid.
Many of our services are back to full strength and some, such as bin collections and other street services, have continued throughout the pandemic.
Other services, including our programme of library events and provision at neighbourhood day centres, including The Bridge, cannot yet safely reopen. These decisions have been made following detailed risk-assessment work looking at issues including size of rooms and ventilation. They will be reviewed again at the end of August.
While we can’t yet offer library events, such as rhyme time, our libraries continue to provide a full lending service, as well as access to public computers and bookable study space. Libraries are extending their opening hours from Monday. Find out more about changes to library services.
Elliott Hall at Harrow Arts Centre can safely open to full capacity audiences, though attendees will be asked to wear face coverings. Other buildings, including wedding venues and children’s centres, are subject to their own risk assessments.
Please continue to be Covid safe when out in our town centres. Some businesses may ask customers to wear face coverings – please respect their wishes. TfL have confirmed that face coverings will remain mandatory on their services.
Regular testing remains vital. Please test twice a week, even though you feel fine – you’ll be helping to combat this recent rapid rise in case numbers.
The number of people being asked to self-isolate is also rising. The requirement to self-isolate if you or a member of your household develops Covid symptoms remains in place. You must self-isolate and get a test as soon as possible.
If you’re contacted by NHS Test and Trace because you’ve had close contact with an infected person you must still self-isolate, even if you have been fully vaccinated.
If you’re on a low income and are unable to work while self-isolating, you may be entitled to £500.