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What the council is doing

The council is doing everything it can to control the spread of coronavirus, provide support to those who need it and keep vital services running

Last updated: 24 March 2020

We are working closely with the NHS and Public Health England, local partners and voluntary and community organisations to coordinate services and support to residents, businesses and staff. This area of the website brings all this together and is regularly updated so please continue to check back for the latest.

Latest update from Leader of the Council, Cllr Richard Watts


Cllr Richard Watts, leader of Islington Council, said: “We are now at a critical stage of trying to limit the spread of coronavirus – people have got to sit up and listen, and do what we are asking. There are no exceptions.

“Exercise benefits everyone’s physical and mental health and our parks are a lifeline for so many people in Islington who don’t have the luxury of their own outside space.

“But we will close them if people don’t act responsibly – it’s that simple. The virus does not spread itself, so we all need to do our bit to save lives.

“That means you do not go out except for vital trips like buying food, taking exercise or attending medical appointments. Don’t travel to work or use public transport unless you do a critical job. And if you are out, keep your distance – stay at least two metres away from the next person.

“Remember: stay at home to save lives. It’s as simple as that.”

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