If you have Covid symptomsmain symptoms of coronavirus –, you must get a test – call 119 or visit nhs.uk/coronavirus You should then stay at home where you, and members of your household, should isolate. You should not invite anyone to your house or leave your home yourself.
If you don’t have symptoms, don’t get a test.
We all need to play our part to protect the NHS Test and Trace service for those who really need it.
We all need to continue to wash our hands, wear face coverings and social distancing where possible. Remember the Hands, Face, Space mantra.
As a result of the rise in infections it has meant that this week the country moved to Covid-19 alert level 4. Transmission is “high or rising exponentially” and one level away from the possibility of a “full lockdown”. Because of this, on Tuesday the Prime Minister announced new and strengthened measures to try to curb the spread of coronavirus. The key changes are:
Office workers should work from home again where possible – although workers in “key public services and in all professions where home working is not possible”, such as construction and retail, should continue to go in
All pubs, bars and restaurants must be table service only and be closed by 10pm – but delivery services can remain open
The requirement to wear a face covering has been extended to staff in retail, people in taxis and everyone using hospitality services
A maximum of 15 people can now attend weddings
A maximum of 30 people can go to a funeral
The rule of six people meeting has been extended to indoor sports teams
Phased reopening of stadiums for sports clubs has been cancelled
This includes keeping to the ‘rule of six’ and wearing a mask where required. From Monday, the fine for a first offence will double to £200. Repeat offenders will have their fines doubled. Shops, restaurants and other hospitality businesses risk closure or penalties of £10,000 if they do not obey the rules around maximum group sizes, contact tracing and mask-wearing.
There has also been a further announcement that London will be added to the watch list of local authority areas of concern. This is a list published every Friday morning by Public Health England and although there are no new restrictions as part of this announcement, it should unlock further testing capacity which is very welcome news for London and for Harrow.
The key messages around testing remain the same and are repeated again in the key messages at the end of this email. In addition, we are currently engaging with local residents and ward Councillors about a new walk-through testing centre which will soon be in operation in Northolt Road, opposite South Harrow Police Station, so those without a car can get tested. Appointments must be made in advance and will be for people arriving on foot or bicycle only. We will be able to update more on this when we are in a position to launch the service.
Launch of the NHS App
The NHS Covid-19 Track and Trace app has now been launched and will be an essential tool – from helping pubs and restaurants stay open safely, to offering advice and checking our local risk level. It makes it easier for customers to safely check in to businesses and venues using a QR code, and be alerted if they’ve been in contact with someone with coronavirus. All businesses must now display their QR code. Find out more and download the app today
The criteria for a free flu vaccination this year are as follows: all those over 65, carers of older or disabled people, children aged between 2 and 11, pregnant women, families on the Covid shielding list and anyone with an underlying health condition. If you know anyone in one of these groups, please encourage them to book an appointment with their doctor or pharmacist as soon as possible. For more information about flu and the importance of vaccination, visit https://www.harrow.gov.uk/flu.
Congratulations to our PCSO Lee O’Brien of the Pinner Safer Neighbourhood Team for being nominated as one of Harrow’s Heroes 2020. Lee is well known to many in Pinner and has supported our community events.
PCSO Lee O’Brien – nominated for making the community in Pinner feel safe – speaking to residents, listening to their concerns and giving appropriate advice when there is a crime in the area. #HarrowsHeroes
The Chairman of the Pinner Pantomime Committee Ian Archer has confirmed that due to the current pandemic the event will not be held this year and the committee will carry forward the funds to next year 2021.
I am pleased to confirm the plan to re-open Pinner Library from Tuesday 18th August 2020 following the Covid-19 lockdown. This follows the re-opening of Stanmore and Wealdstone Libraries on the 14th July.
The priority will remain ensuring the health and safety of both staff and customers. In light of this there will be a limited service offer available initially as has been the case for Stanmore and Wealdstone Libraries.
In order to reduce close contact and avoid group activities the following services only will be available initially:
Returning of books and other stock items that are currently on loan
Collecting books and other stock items that have been reserved in advance
Public computers (a restricted number in order to maintain social distancing)
Collecting ‘Ready Reads’ bags of surprise collections of books by type of stock (for example Crime Fiction)
Enquiries – Enquiries can also be made by email or telephone.
The intention is to re-introduce further services as soon as it is safe to do so.
As is the case with Stanmore and Wealdstone Libraries, Pinner Library will also have revised opening hours in operation initially as follows:
Mondays – Closed Tuesdays – 10am to 2pm Wednesdays – 10am to 1pm Thursdays – 10am to 2pm Fridays – 10am to 1pm Saturdays – 10am to 2pm
First of all a BIG THANK YOU to everyone who is disposing of their litter responsibly in the Pinner Memorial Park, it’s appreciated. I sure it makes everyone’s visit much more enjoyable.
On to important things……..
The following places have signed up to the “Eat Out to Help Out” scheme. (Note this doesn’t cover takeaway meals). If I’ve missed of any restaurants taking part in the scheme – please let me know & I’ll update the list
Ahimsa The Vegan Café
Costa Coffee Pinner
Daisy’s in the Park Pinner
Pinner Hill Golf Club
Silver Grill cafe
Sakee Bar & Restaurant
The Heath Robinson Museum is gearing up to reopen Thursday to Saturday. Initially it will be for friends of HRM. Everyone will be required to book a time slot. From 16 August the general public will be able to book a slot for visits between 21 – 30 Aug. You will be able to turn up and buy tickets for a defined time slot. Visit https://www.heathrobinsonmuseum.org/ for full details.
Hi All, with all that’s in the news about fitness and health, we would like to help those wanting to get into cycling in the local area. We would like to run a scheme to help the community get old unused/broken bikes back in use for those that need them.
We are looking for people to donate any unused or broken bikes that may be hanging around in garages or sheds. We will then try to get them usable and give them back to the community in working condition.
So first off, we are asking for any donations – we are very near Pinner High Street/Love Lane Car Park, so if you can bring them down to us or if you are close to Pinner we can collect. We will take any bike with the exception of heavily rusted or seized up bikes.
Please WhatsApp KY for more info: +44 7902 923 729
Earlier in the week a gas engineer had £600 worth of tools stolen from the rear of a property where he was undertaking work.
The suspect walked through the property’s open side gate to gain access to the tools, before leaving the location in a white transit van.
As a general crime prevention measure, it is important to ensure that all access points into your property, e.g. windows, doors etc, are secure whenever left unattended.
Building sites are an attraction to any opportunist thieves driving around the area looking to take advantage of unattended equipment, insecure work vehicles and open garages, so please have a conversation with anyone working at your property regarding what they should do to protect you and them from becoming a victim of crime.
Please click on the below links for further theft / burglary prevention advice.
We have received a couple of reports of a labourer in the area who is persistently knocking on the doors of elderly residents and asking them if they need any work completed, such as having their driveway pressure washed.
Please do not accept any offers of work from cold-callers or pay for work that has been undertaken without prior consent and having first agreed on a price.