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Coronavirus: Camden responds to COVID-19 pandemic

Here you can find daily key announcements from Camden Council in response to the coronavirus crisis. For more information and guidance, head to our coronavirus webpage or call our dedicated coronavirus helpline on 020 7974 4444 and select option 9.

 
Friday 22 May

Follow the guidance and keep safe this bank holiday weekend

With a warm bank holiday weekend on the way, we want everyone to enjoy our parks and open spaces safely. Please make sure you follow the guidance to keep everyone safe and stop the spread of coronavirus.

Always keep a 2m distance from anyone outside of your household and wash your hands as soon as you’re indoors. Please don’t barbeque in our parks and avoid areas when busy. Our frontline officers will be out over the weekend to make sure that people are maintaining safe social distancing in parks and local businesses.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

Tennis courts and Multi-Use Games Areas

Protecting residents and staff remains priority and we are working to make sure tennis courts and Multi-Use Games Areas can be opened safely. To give us time to do this, these areas will remain closed but this will be kept under review.

Wednesday 20 May

Statement on reopening schools in Camden

Councillor Angela Mason, Cabinet Member for Best Start for Children and Families at Camden Council, has provided an update on our close work with governing bodies, teachers, school unions, public health colleagues and parents to assess the safety of a gradual return to school for pupils.

Read the full statement

Making travel safer in Camden

Following on from our announcements on delivering additional space for pedestrians and restricting through traffic in residential streets, we also working to create safer routes for cyclists.

We know that more people are expected to be cycling due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) with many people taking up cycling for the first time or being less experienced cycling on London’s busy roads. It is important that people travelling by bike are able to do so as safely and as comfortably as possible and so we are working to deliver a number of improvements to cycling across Camden in the upcoming months.

We will begin by improving the existing cycle lanes on Goods Way between Kings Boulevard and Pancras Road. This includes:

  • Widening the existing cycle lanes from 1.5m to 2.2m in both directions

  • Adding “flexible wands” to separate the cycle lane from motor traffic

  • Adding extra signage to ensure that we can enforce on any vehicles illegally waiting or loading in the cycle lane

  • Adding additional signage to ensure that motor vehicles are more aware of cyclists

These changes will make it safer for cyclists travelling in this area. You can download a drawing of the changes we are making and the decision report on our website.

This is the first of several schemes we will be implementing to improve cycle lanes across the Borough. Further details will be added to our website as they are confirmed.

More information on all the measures we are introducing to make travel safer in Camden in response to Coronavirus (COVID-19) are available on our website: ttps://www.camden.gov.uk/making-travel-safer-in-camden

You can also tell us your own suggestions for other locations by using our dedicated website or by emailing us at: safetravel@camden.gov.uk or calling 020 7974 4444.

 
Monday 18 May

98% of London businesses respecting lockdown

Most London businesses have so far respected the law on business closure, according to data from London borough enforcement teams. Just 2% of the businesses visited over the past two months have had to be instructed to close by local authority officers.

Latest data from councils shows that trading standards, alongside environmental health and other council officers have visited 38,808 businesses since the lockdown came into force on 16 March and advised on business closures and social distancing.

You can read more here.

Friday 15 May

Enjoy our parks safely this weekend

The government guidance has changed and you can now exercise for an unlimited amount of time outdoors. You can also spend time outdoors, including to exercise, with one person who is not in your household, as long as you stay 2 metres apart.

If you’re in our parks and open spaces over the weekend, please don’t use them for barbeques and avoid areas when busy. Outdoor gyms, skate parks and playgrounds will remain closed.

Protecting residents and staff remains priority and we are working to make sure tennis courts and Multi-Use Games Areas can be opened safely. To give us time to do this, these areas will remain closed but this will be kept under review.

We want everyone to enjoy our parks safely, so it’s important everyone follows the guidance and helps to stop the spread of coronavirus. Please keep a safe social distance from anyone who doesn’t live with you and always wash your hands as soon as you are back indoors.

Our frontline teams will be out across the weekend to make sure residents and businesses are following the guidance.

Find out more

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

Wednesday 13 May

"Not party time in our parks" - Camden residents urged to follow new guidelines responsibly

New Government guidelines take effect from today – meaning Camden residents can now exercise for an unlimited amount of time outdoors.

When outside, residents must keep a safe social distance from people they don’t live with at all times. Resdients must always wash their hands as soon as you are back indoors. You can read the full guidance on the government website.

Councillor Adam Harrison, Cabinet Member for a Sustainable Camden, said: "I know the latest Government guidance will be a huge relief to many, allowing residents more time to escape the four walls of their home and giving them greater opportunity to exercise, which is so important for physical and mental health.

"I must stress – this is not party time in our parks. We all have a responsibility to take extra care, to recognise we are trying to control this virus to protect the NHS and save lives."

You can read the full story on our news pages.

Making travel safer in Camden

Following on from the changes we are shortly making to the pavement on the east side of Kilburn High Road to make it easier for pedestrians to keep 2m apart from others, we are now introducing more measures in response to Coronavirus (COVID-19) across four other locations in Camden.

The locations are:

  • Constantine Road/Savernake Road

  • Sandall Road

  • Wilmot Place

  • Clarence Way and Hartland Road

In each of these locations we will be restricting through traffic on residential streets by introducing a mixture of bollards and signage. This will make it easier and safer for everyone to walk and cycle locally, shop on their local high street, reach their local green spaces, schools and NHS sites, all while maintaining physical distancing. Access to all properties on both sides of the restrictions will be maintained.

More information on the measures at each of these locations is available on our website: https://www.camden.gov.uk/making-travel-safer-in-camden

You can tell us your own suggestions for other locations by using our dedicated website or by emailing us at: safetravel@camden.gov.uk or calling 020 7974 4444.

 
Tuesday 12 May

Youth services in Camden rated outstanding by HM Inspectorate

Camden Council’s YOS (Youth Offending Service) have been rated ‘outstanding’ by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Probation in a report published today, placing the service as one of the top performers in the country.

The inspection covered the Council’s multi-agency Youth Offending Service and its work alongside the police, schools and health services to support young people to reduce and prevent offending. It also covered Camden’s wider youth work including youth early help, social work and community safety.

Find out more

Read the report

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Monday 11 May

COVID-19 cross party panel among council meetings held remotely

Some formal Council meetings including Camden's first Covid-19 Oversight Cross Party Panel are being held remotely - with all participants using video technology from their own homes due to the current coronavirus restrictions.

Further information on the meetings being held remotely and how they can watched live or as a recording is avialable here.

Supporting businesses through our frontline presence team

As part of a package of support to local businesses, Camden’s frontline presence team are out across Camden seven days a week providing support and advice to businesses. You’ll recognise our officers as they’ll be wearing Camden high visibility jackets with ‘stay home, protect the NHS, save lives’.

It’s really important that everyone follows social distancing guidance to stop the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and to save lives. As part of their role the team are providing posters and advice to local businesses to make sure that they are maintaining 2m distancing to protect customers and their workforce.

While the vast majority of non-essential businesses are following Government guidance our teams are also working to ensure that businesses across Camden are acting responsibly. We have received over 20 calls about non-essential businesses remaining open, most of who were retail shops who once spoken to closed straight away. We have resolved instances of staff at construction sites not adhering to the social distancing guidelines and are also investigating 25 reports alleging that companies have raised their prices to profiteer.

If you are concerned about a business that is still open, not following social distancing or is trying to profiteer during the pandemic you can contact us via our online form or by calling 020 7974 4444.

If you are a business owner who would like information on the support available to you, all the latest information can be found on our dedicated Coronavirus business webpages.

Thursday 7 May

Help to keep everyone safe this Bank Holiday weekend

Friday marks the start of a bank holiday weekend. Warm weather is forecast but the guidance remains the same - please stay at home.

Please don’t be tempted to use parks and open spaces for sunbathing, picnics, barbeques or sports – doing this puts everyone’s health at risk. These spaces should be used for essential exercise only (once a day). If you have your own garden, please use that so that others without can have space in our parks.

If you are exercising or out for another essential purpose always maintain a 2m distance from others. Please be extra careful around entrances and exits and make sure everyone has enough space. Our frontline teams are out across Camden offering support and advice to residents and businesses on safe social distancing.

We want to make sure our parks and open spaces are safe for everyone. Please remember to follow the guidelines at all times to keep yourself and everyone around you safe.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

Keeping a safe social distance

To protect everyone and to stop the spread of coronavirus, you should always maintain a 2m distance from those around you (unless they live with you).

This is especially important when out exercising or shopping for essential items. Our frontline teams will be out across Camden over the bank holiday offering support and advice to residents and businesses on safe social distancing. The team will make sure residents are following government guidance in parks and open spaces. They will also make sure that local businesses are maintaining 2m distancing to protect customers and their workforce.

We have created social distancing posters for local businesses, if you’d like to download a poster you can find it on our website. If you are a business owner who would like information on the support available to you, all the latest information can be found on our dedicated Coronavirus business webpages .

If you are concerned about a business that is still open, not following social distancing or is trying to profiteer during the pandemic you can contact us via our online form or by calling 020 7974 4444.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tuesday 5 May

Focus remains on taking care of residents as Cabinet reviews financial impact of coronavirus

Camden Council’s Cabinet are getting ready to review a report into how the council’s finances have been affected since the coronavirus outbreak at its meeting on Wednesday, 13 May 2020.

Camden Council has pumped millions of pounds into a whole community effort to combat the coronavirus and look after its residents during the ongoing crisis, but has also lost significant income from certain areas.

You can read more on our news pages or view the full report.

Monday 4 May

Helping pedestrians on Camden High Street

On Sunday 3 May, Transport for London (TfL), in partnership with Camden Council, introduced a series of temporary measures on Camden High Street making it easier to maintain physical distancing.

New space for pedestrians has been created between Mornington Crescent and Britannia Junction on the eastern side of the high street which is part of the Transport for London Road Network (TRLN).

This newly widened space will make it easier for people to walk and shop locally, while maintaining the recommended 2m distance from each other. TfL will be monitoring this location and is also working with Camden to review any additional locations on the TRLN where similar changes could be made.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Camden hosts first ‘Virtual Shout Out’ for young people to share experiences of lockdown

On Wednesday 6 May, Camden will hold the first ‘Virtual Shout Out’ bringing young people from across the borough together to share their experiences of being in lockdown.

Organised by the Camden Youth Council and Youth Offending Service (YOS) Peer Advocates, this will be the first of two events which aims to encourage young people to give their views on the current pandemic and share what life has been like for them with others.

More information

Arsenal Football Club and HIS Church donate food for Camden residents

Councillor Georgia Gould, Leader of Camden Council said:

“At the start of this crisis we said we would ensure no one in Camden goes hungry because of the coronavirus.

"Working with our local community groups, food banks and businesses we have delivered over 7,000 individual food packages, meals and hampers to people isolating, families, people in our hostels and hotels.

"We are doing this alongside our residents who are checking on neighbours, delivering medicines and keeping people company in this hard time.

"Camden is full of kindness and generosity and we are so proud to be working with Arsenal Football Club and HIS Church, providing 7.5 tonnes of food representing 15,000 meals for our residents in need. It is an incredible gift and one that will make a huge difference to people and families around our Borough.”

You can read more information on how to access food on our website.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Friday 1 May

Construction: Ensuring best practice from our contractors

The government has allowed the construction indiustry to carry on working throughout the coronavirus pandemic and has now issued guidance about how construction sites should operate safely in the current crisis - actively encouraging contractors to resume works.

In response we are asking our contractors to submit detailed plans showing how they will prioritse the safety and wellbeing of workers and residents.

Councillor Danny Beales, Cabinet Member for Investing in Communities and an Inclusive Economy, has written about how we will be holding our contractors to account, ensuring that they deliver vital council projects through best practice in this challenging time.

Read Councillor Beales letter here.

Greenwood centre staff continue to support users during lockdown

Staff from the learning disability day opportunities service based at the Greenwood Centre are continuing to support users by carrying out welfare and emotional support checks and ensuring they have access to vital supplies during the COVID-19 lockdown.

The Greenwood Centre is home to a day service that supports residents with a range of learning disabilities and people with Autism and offers activities to help with independence, inclusion, health and wellbeing.

Based in Kentish Town, staff have also been adapting their service to connect to users virtually from their home. This includes setting up a video channel to reach out to users who may be feeling lonely and isolated as well as having small group sessions to link people with their friends using technology.

Find out more

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Remember to follow the guidance in our parks and open spaces

We want to make sure our parks and open spaces are safe for everyone. Please remember to follow the guidelines at all times to keep yourself and everyone around you safe.

If you’re out exercising, you should only be doing so once a day and should always keep a 2 metre distance from people around you. Please be extra careful around entrances and exits and make sure everyone has enough space.

Our parks and open spaces have signs and markings to remind everyone of the guidelines. Please don’t use the spaces for sunbathing, picnics or sports as this puts everyone at risk. If you have a garden, please use that to give others that don’t space in our parks.

Always follow hygiene advice when you are outside and wash your hands for at least 20 seconds as soon as you are back indoors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Camden’s frontline teams – helping to keep everyone safe

Our frontline teams are out across Camden offering support and advice to residents and businesses on safe social distancing.

The team will make sure residents are following government guidance in parks and open spaces. They will also make sure that local businesses are maintaining 2m distancing to protect customers and their workforce.

You’ll recognise our officers as they’ll be wearing Camden high visibility jackets with ‘stay home, protect the NHS, save lives’ - they’re working to keep everyone else safe.

We have created social distancing posters for local businesses, if you’d like to download this to display you can find it on our website. If you are a business owner who would like information on the support available to you, all the latest information can be found on our dedicated Coronavirus business webpages .

If you are concerned about a business that is still open, not following social distancing or is trying to profiteer during the pandemic you can contact us via our online form or by calling 020 7974 4444.

 
Thursday 30 April

Health and community support in Camden

Councillor Pat Callaghan, Cabinet Member for a Healthy and Caring Camden said:

“During this unprecedented pandemic, it is heartening to see the strong partnerships that are being further forged, and also newly created, between residents, carers, communities, voluntary and charity organisations, the NHS and the Council.

“This is also reflected across the borough, where residents and businesses from all walks of life have come together to combat the pandemic, highlighting the strength of the Camden spirit.

“We are striving to ensure that by 2025 everyone in Camden should be able to live a healthy, independent life, no matter their age or situation, and where older and disabled people should be able to live independently for as long as possible.

“However, the current situation has caused upheaval in all areas of society, including the borough’s care homes.

“This is a very difficult time for the homes, their staff, residents and their families and my heart goes out to them all. We will continue to support local care services as much as we can, and work closely alongside with them to help keep residents and staff as safe as possible during this extremely challenging period.

“We are in contact with homes on a daily basis to ensure we can provide support as required. These daily calls include ensuring they have enough supplies of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and also providing additional equipment if homes are struggling to source PPE themselves.

“We are also improving access to testing, and social care staff in Camden are now able to access testing through multiple avenues, including drive through tests, tests at walk in centres and home tests.

“We, along with the rest of Camden’s amazing health and social care providers will continue to work to ensure that all our residents have access to the care and support they require as we move forward together.”

You can read more about our adult social care support and advice and the health and community support available in Camden on our website.

Tuesday 28 April

Have your say: COVID-19 and the impact on people with protected characteristics

There is emerging evidence that some groups with protected characteristics are impacted more than others by the coronavirus pandemic, and by the impacts of the Government’s response and the pandemic control measures.

To encourage the Government to recognise these different, unequal impacts, and to make the necessary changes in its approach, the Parliament’s Women and Equalities Committee are asking the public to share their experiences of COVID-19 and if they have been impacted because of having a protected characteristic under the Equality Act. This includes the impact of people because of their race, gender, age, having a disability, whether they are marriage or are in a civil partnership, being pregnant or having a baby, religion or belief and/or sexual orientation and gender reassignment.

To submit your views head to committees.parliament.uk/call-for-evidence/94/unequal-impact-coronavirus-covid19-and-the-impact-on-people-with-protected-characteristics/ and complete a written submission by Thursday 30 April 2020.

For more information or to ask further questions please contact Parliament Committee staff on womeqcom@parliament.uk or call 020 7219 6123.

Friday 24 April

Residents reminded not to sunbathe in parks and open spaces

We’re urging residents not to use parks and open spaces for sunbathing, picnics/barbeques, gatherings or sports. We know warmer weather is forecast, but this doesn’t mean the rules are relaxed. Parks and open spaces should be used for essential exercise once a day only. Sunbathing, sports or picnics will prevent others from using the space safely.

If you are out exercising, always maintain a 2m distance and keep moving at all times to free up space. Our frontline officers are out across Camden helping to make sure residents and businesses are maintaining safe social distancing.

Please follow the guidance and stay at home to save lives.

Thursday 23 April

Council launches scheme to help vulnerable students access online learning

Camden based businesses and tech companies are being asked to back a scheme to help schoolchildren whose learning is most affected by the coronavirus outbreak by donating laptops and iPads.

In many schools across Camden over half of pupils do not have access to a device to carry out essential home learning and interact with their teachers. Data indicates as many as 65% pupils in some primary schools and 25% in some secondary schools do not have access to technology at home.

This initiative aims to help vulnerable students without access to a device and address the digital divide caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

If a business has laptops or iPads that they can donate to a school in Camden that meet some simple criteria, we will collect the laptops and work with schools to distribute them to children who most need them.

Companies can also make financial donations and sponsor schools to help purchase or repurpose laptops for students.

Find the short form here to tell us about your laptops.

Read the full press release here

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tuesday 21 April

Celebrating Ramadan this year

We are approaching Ramadan and this year will be unlike any other.

Ramadan is usually a time to gather together with family and loved ones, and during these times of uncertainty, we know how especially important this is.

Councillor Abdul Hai, Cabinet Member for Young People and Cohesion said:

“This will be a Ramadan like no other where it is absolutely critical that residents continue to observe social distancing guidelines.

“Please do not come together with family members or friends outside of your home to observe daily prayer or iftar as you would usually – the greatest gift you can give this year at Ramadan is to stay at home and save lives.

“This year make Ramadan a family time by staying in and praying at home.”

Find out more.

Construction work in the borough: Utility companies

The current government guidance is that construction work can continue – but where possible, we are having conversations with our contractors to encourage them to stop work while the current social distancing measures are in place to slow the spread of the virus.

While some essential works to keep our council homes safe and in good repair will continue with new safe working arrangements in place, we have negotiated a pause in work in three of the largest council projects in the borough – our Community Investment Programme building new homes and community facilities, our West End Project (excluding Whitfield Gardens) and the refurbishment of our Town Hall.

The Government has not directed works being carried out by utility companies to stop and we don’t have the authority to stop these works, which include telecommunications and broadband maintenance. Those working in the utilities and the communications sectors are classified as key workers, with broadband specifically identified as an essential component to keeping the nation connected in these exceptional times.

Until the Government directs these essential works to cease, or updates the existing guidance issued in relation to utility works during the Covid-19 pandemic and current lockdown, we will continue to work with utilities companies, where possible, to minimise the impact that these essential works may have on residents by:

  • limiting the hours in which noisy works take place
  • using sound limiting barriers, particularly in residential streets
  • encouraging the use of less noisy equipment
  • restricting weekend works
  • communicating with residents explaining why the works need to take place, what will happen and when
  • encouraging utilities to focus on busier, less residential roads during the period of lockdown
  • limiting the works being carried out on key strategic routes and near hospitals.

Find out more

Friday 17 April

Stay home and stay safe this weekend

With the weekend approaching, we’re reminding residents to follow the guidance and stay home to save lives. If you do need to go out for essential items or your one a day exercise, please remember to always maintain a 2m distance from others.

We have a frontline team out across Camden offering support and advice to residents and businesses on safe social distancing. The team will make sure residents are following government guidance in parks and open spaces, asking people to disperse where necessary. They will also make sure that local businesses are maintaining 2m distancing to protect customers and their workforce.

Our parks remain open, and we want to keep it that way. To do this we need everyone to follow the guidance - we’re monitoring the situation and will be forced to close them if the advice isn’t followed:

  • Parks and open spaces should be used for exercise only – a maximum of once per day

  • Don’t use parks and open spaces for sunbathing, picnics, barbeques, sports or meeting friends – this puts everyone’s health at risk.

  • Keep 2 metres away from people (unless they live with you)

  • Stay local and avoid parks and open spaces when busy

  • Keep moving and spread out – benches should be used for rest only

  • Follow hygiene advice when you are outside and wash your hands as soon as you are back indoors

  • Make use of your garden if you have one so that people who don’t can have space in our parks

For more information visit Camden.gov.uk/coronavirus

Thursday 16 April

£3million hardship fund to support residents through coronavirus crisis

Camden Council will give three-month Council Tax holidays and one-off support payments to help residents struggling with their finances as a result of the coronavirus.

The Council is supplementing its existing relief schemes with a new hardship fund worth £3million. The hardship fund will include:

  • Emergency one-off payments to help residents with no savings or money in their accounts.
  • A 3-month break from paying Council Tax for those on the lowest incomes.
  • Help with extra support including food packages and benefit advice.

Camden’s Council Tax Support Scheme already provides over 15,000 households with Council Tax exemption, however, under the new package over 6,600 households on the scheme will receive an additional discount, averaging £183.28. For most households this will mean that they receive a three-month Council Tax holiday and for some it will mean that they are exempt from Council Tax for the rest of the financial year. In total £1.2million of financial support will be awarded.

Further support is available from the £1.7million Camden Council has invested in its Local Welfare Assistance Fund, which will give residents in an immediate financial crisis – who have no savings or money in their account and may be waiting to receive their first benefit payment – access to a one-off payment to pay their bills or buy shopping.

Find out more

Saturday 11 April

Park life: Giant social distancing message on Primrose Hill and patrols keep Camden in check

Camden Council has joined forces with The Royal Parks to paint a giant social distancing message on Primrose Hill.

Camden staff were also out and about around the borough making sure people were using our open spaces correctly. We are as desperate as you are to keep our parks open.

Here's a selection of our Good Friday photos.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday 9 April

Residents urged to follow guidance over bank holiday weekend

Warm weather is forecast for the bank holiday weekend, but we’re reminding everyone the guidance remains the same - please stay at home. Doing this will prevent the spread of coronavirus, it will protect your health and the health of loved ones and it will save lives.

We need everyone to follow the guidance to keep each other safe and our parks open:

  • Parks and open spaces should be used for exercise only – a maximum of once per day
  • Don’t use parks and open spaces for sunbathing, picnics, barbeques, sports or meeting friends – this puts everyone’s health at risk.
  • Keep 2 metres away from people (unless they live with you)
  • Stay local and avoid parks and open spaces when busy
  • Keep moving and spread out
  • Follow hygiene advice when you are outside and wash your hands as soon as you are back indoors
  • Make use of your garden if you have one – so that people who don’t can have space in our parks
  • Follow hygiene advice when you are outside and wash your hands as soon as you are back indoors

We’ll have a frontline team out across Camden over the bank holiday weekend offering support and advice to residents and businesses on safe social distancing. The team will make sure residents are following government guidance in parks and open spaces, asking people to disperse where necessary. They will also make sure that local businesses are maintaining 2m distancing to protect customers and their workforce.

You’ll recognise our officers as they’ll be wearing Camden high visibility jackets with ‘stay home, protect the NHS, save lives’ - they’re working to keep everyone else safe.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

Tuesday 7 April

Update on Construction work in the borough and our ask to Government

The current government guidance is that construction work can continue – but where possible, we are having conversations with our contractors to encourage them to stop work while the current social distancing measures are in place to slow the spread of the virus.

Camden desperately needs new social and affordable homes, accompanying community facilities and spaces and redesigned safe and green streets that encourage sustainable travel. We are a borough that builds – but the current coronavirus crisis means we must assess every aspect of our daily lives and put the health and wellbeing of everyone who lives and works in Camden first.

We have negotiated a pause in work in three of the largest council projects in the borough – our Community Investment Programme building new homes and community facilities, our West End Project and the refurbishment of our Town Hall.

In a small minority of cases, our contractors have made clear that they wish to continue work and have completed the health and safety assessments that allow them to do so.

Some essential maintenance work will also continue – whether this related to trees, parks or building – and it is essential that staff are allowed to get on with their jobs.

To reduce disturbances to residents we have restricted all council contractors from carrying out non-essential noisy works between 10am and 3pm. We are also asking private contractors, such as those working for broadband or utility companies, to agree to these measures.

Until the Government says all construction should stop, we have contractual obligations to allow for work to continue. To break these contracts would incur significant financial penalties that could affect our abilities to provide services in the future.

We are therefore asking the Government to be absolutely clear the health of residents and workers must come first and if necessary, issue instructions to the construction industry to ensure safety at the height of the pandemic.

Monday 6 April

Schools to stay open during the Easter break with help from Camden play centres

Schools have been working with play centres and the Council to ensure they can remain open during the Easter period to care for vulnerable children and those of critical workers, such as health professionals or the police.

Find out more

Friday 3 April

Residents urged to follow guidance in parks and open spaces over weekend

With warmer weather forecast over the weekend, residents are reminded to follow government guidance to keep everyone safe. Parks and open spaces should be used for exercise only (a maximum of once per day) and avoided if busy. Residents are asked to exercise locally and avoid travelling to places outside of their immediate area such as Regents Park and Hampstead Heath.

When out, always maintain a 2 metre distance from others around you (unless they live with you). Parks and open spaces should not be used for picnics, sunbathing, sports or barbeques. Skate parks, playgrounds and outdoor gyms are closed to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

If you have access to your own garden please use that so those in homes without access to gardens can have space in our parks.

We know parks are essential for exercise and we want to keep them open. However, we will be monitoring the situation closely and will be forced to close them if advice isn’t followed.

Thursday 2 April

Protecting older and vulnerable residents

As a Council we are doing everything we can to support residents through this period of uncertainty, with robust plans in place to ensure all vital care services continue to run, especially care for older and vulnerable residents living in Camden.

"We know that for those who have care and support needs, or who care for someone who does, this is a very worrying and difficult time. When responding to this pandemic, our day to day aim is to ensure everyone gets the support they need, and no one is left behind – especially our most vulnerable residents." - Cllr Pat Callaghan, Cabinet Member for a Healthy Camden

Find out more about what support is available here

Camden’s continued support for businesses

The Council is striving to ensure that no businesses get left behind in Camden.

We know that many are worried about their ability to pay business rates or rent, and we ask anyone in this position to contact us, so we can further discuss how we can best assist you.

We have quickly identified how we could support local businesses, whilst also building an understanding of the recent Government announcements, what they mean for Camden businesses and what systems were needed to be put in place.

We have also written to all businesses who are eligible for support, providing them further information on the assistance available and how to apply for this.

  • So far we have paid 1,549 awards of the £25,000 business grant, totalling £38.75m.
  • We have awarded 100 percent rate relief to 4305 retail, leisure and hospitality properties, totalling £123m in rates.
  • We are in the process of collecting details from businesses eligible for both the £10,000 and £25,000 grants.

Head to our Coronavirus web pages to find out what we are doing to support businesses and how government support can be accessed. If you’re a business owner, please tell us how COVID-19 is affecting you and what support you need. You can also read the press release here.

Wednesday 1 April

Support for young people

Many children and young people are now off school and spending time away from their friends, teachers and some family members which can be difficult. If you need help to stay happy and healthy during this time, take a look at our list of online resources.

Kooth also offers free, safe and confidential online wellbeing and mental health support for young people aged 11 to 18 - and it's now available in Camden. If you live in Camden, you can sign up now for confidential support through a text-based conversation with a qualified counsellor.

Tuesday 31 March

Construction work paused on major council investment projects

Delivering new homes, community spaces as well as safer and greener streets is a key long-term priority for Camden Council, however ensuring the health and wellbeing of our residents is our immediate concern. For this reason, we are working closely with our contractors to temporarily shut down construction sites.

Construction work for key council projects including our Community Investment Programme, West End Project and Town Hall refurbishment will be paused. Staff may still be seen as sites are made safe to close and security will continue to be present on sites while observing social distancing and current health advice.

You may also see other construction work continuing around the borough. This is because the current Government guidance for the construction industry is that works can continue. To help protect those who live and work in our borough we are calling on the Government to provide clarity for construction workers and offer assurances similar to those that have been put in place for other businesses.

Friday 27 March

Guidance for parks and open spaces

To keep everyone safe, residents are reminded to follow government guidance this weekend. This includes:

  • Only exercise once per day
  • Please exercise locally if you can and avoid travelling to a park outside of your immediate area. If you do go to a park and it’s busy please avoid the area.
  • Always maintain a 2 metre distance from others around you (unless they live with you)
  • Do not use parks for picnics, sunbathing, sports or barbeques
  • Skate parks, playgrounds and outdoor gyms are closed to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

If you have your own garden please use that so those in homes without access to gardens can have space in our parks.

This is a national emergency and we need to change our behaviour to keep each other safe. We want to keep our parks open but are monitoring the situation and will be forced to close them if advice isn’t followed.

Thursday 26 March

Camden Council and Age UK Camden pilot emergency food delivery measures for vulnerable residents

Camden Council is set to pair up with Age UK Camden to pilot a delivery of emergency food packages as it looks to ensure that no-one goes hungry as a result of the coronavirus.

The service will deliver up to 600 food packages a week to Camden residents who are housebound and unable to purchase food. Residents will be able to get a food parcel if they are approaching a food crisis – meaning they have only two days’ worth, or less, of food at home.

The emergency package will contain milk, bread, butter, eggs, biscuits, tea, coffee, tinned food, cereal, toilet roll and soap, and will be available to residents, regardless of age. Camden residents meeting the criteria can get a food package by:

  • A direct referral to the service from Age UK Camden or Camden Council
  • By calling Age UK Camden on 0207 8373777
  • By calling Camden Council on 020 7974 4444 (option 9)

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Camden launches online directory to help residents access support from the local voluntary sector (VCS)

With so many Camden residents self-isolating due to COVID-19, we have launched an online directory to help residents find a local VCS organisation who can help them with everyday tasks they’re struggling to do themselves.

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Wednesday 25 March

Free school meals and support for children and families in Camden

Following the Government’s announcement that schools would close from Friday, 20 March, the Council has been putting plans in place to ensure additional support is available for children and families and all pupils that are entitled to will continue to receive free school meals.

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Camden’s commitment to support businesses

The Council Leader and Cabinet Member for an Inclusive Economy have written to all businesses to express their support, and to thank them for all they are doing to help the community and their employees. They are also seeking their feedback on how COVID-19 is affecting them.

“We don’t know exactly what the coming months will bring for businesses but our aim is to make sure no-one gets left behind in Camden. We know that many businesses will be worried about their ability to pay business rates or rent, and we’re urging anyone in this position to get in touch with us immediately.

“We also want to hear from all businesses about how COVID-19 has affected you and what support you might need in the weeks and months ahead so that we can lobby the government on your behalf. In the meantime, please continue to follow public health advice and ask your employees to do the same.” - Danny Beales, Cabinet Member for Investing in Communities and an Inclusive Economy, Camden Council

Head to our Coronavirus web pages to find out what we are doing to support businesses, how government support can be accessed and to read the letter to businesses in full. If you’re a business owner, please tell us how COVID-19 is affecting you and what support you need.

Tuesday 24 March

Supporting victims of domestic violence

As residents are being asked to stay at home to reduce the spread of COVID-19, the Council is continuing to support victims, survivors and families of domestic abuse who may be at greater risk and feel more anxious during this time.

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Government advice update

It is vital that we all remain within our homes and reduce social contact as much as possible to protect our own health, and particularly