Key Messages from Harrow Council re Covid

Key Messages from Harrow Council re Covid:

  • Stay at home – Office workers should work from home again where possible
  • Download the App, Find out more and download the app today
  • Get the flu jab if you’re in one of the ‘at risk’ categories, visit
  • If you have Covid symptoms main symptoms of coronavirus, you must get a test – call 119 or visit 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

Flu vacinations

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


Harrow Council.

PCSO Lee O’Brien nominated as a Harrow Hero.

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.

Harrow Council
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


Pinner Library Re-opening

Harrow Council LogoThis is a message from Harrow Council

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:

  1. Returning of books and other stock items that are currently on loan
  2. Collecting books and other stock items that have been reserved in advance
  3. Public computers (a restricted number in order to maintain social distancing)
  4. Collecting ‘Ready Reads’ bags of surprise collections of books by type of stock (for example Crime Fiction)
  5. 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

Weekly Round up 10 August 2020

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
  • Augustina’s Tearoom
  • Brooks
  • Caffè Amici
  • Capacity Istanbul
  • CKC cafe
  • Costa Coffee Pinner
  • Daisy’s in the Park Pinner
  • K5 Lounge
  • Pinner Hill Golf Club
  • Queen’s Head
  • Silver Grill cafe
  • Sakee Bar & Restaurant
  • Sougtani Restaurant
  • Starbucks Pinner
  • Subway
  • Zaza

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 for full details.

Got an old bike gathering dust in the garden shed? A young local couple are looking to repair then and donate them on. Interested? Visit

Doing up Bikes. Can you Help.

We have received this request for help.

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

Opportunist Thefts

Dear Watch Member,

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.

If you need to reply regarding this message, tap on this email address: [email protected]

Lee O’Brien
Pinner Safer Neighbourhood Team
Email: [email protected]

Persistent Cold-Caller in Pinner

Dear Watch Member,

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.

The link below has advice on how to prevent yourself becoming a victim of doorstep scams:

At the bottom of the page, please do not forget to read the excellent Little Book of Big Scams PDF booklet.

You can also report concerns about traders by contacting Brent & Harrow Trading Standards on 020 8937 5555 and [email protected].

If you need to reply regarding this message, tap on this email address: [email protected]

Lee O’Brien
Pinner Safer Neighbourhood Team
Email: [email protected]