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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Page last updated: 24 March 2020

We’re working closely with the NHS and Public Health England, and local plans are in place to control the risk of Coronavirus. We are regularly updating this page, so please check back in for the latest information. 

We are making sure that local partners are aware of the advice from Public Health England and we’re supporting cross-borough coordination with our partner organisations responsible for public services in Islington.

What Islington Council is doing 

The council is keeping a close eye on the situation regarding Coronavirus and is providing updates as necessary to schools, residents, businesses and staff. Sign up to get local council news direct to your inbox.

Our contact centre at 222 Upper St is open only for emergency cases. Please do not visit if it is not emergency as we will not be able to help you face to face.

In line with Government guidance – you should not be leaving your house unless absolutely necessary. You can do most things online on this website so please look here first and phone only if you really need to speak to someone.

We are doing everything we can to keep vital services running, especially services for people in most need.

Find out about changes to services

Handling your data during the coronavirus crisis

Watch the latest update from council leader Cllr Richard Watts.

Updated 24 March 2020

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.”

We are Islington helpline 

Are you struggling to cope at the moment, or concerned about a friend or neighbourIf you or someone you know needs support, then help is available. Islington Council, voluntary sector and mutual aid groups are working together to provide support. This could include help with getting food or medicine, online group activities, legal advice or a friendly phone conversation. 

You can contact organisations directly or call the We are Islington helpline on 020 7527 8222.

You can also email weareislington@islington.gov.uk. 

Minicom: 020 7527 1900.

Lines open on Saturday 21 March at 9am. We will then be open every day from 9am to 5pm.

Become a 'We Are Islington' volunteer 

There are lots of ways to help, including volunteering with local community groups or charities. 

If you/your business wants to help, please approach a local group or check out Voluntary Action Islington. You can also email volunteer@vai.org.uk 

Please ensure that any organisation that you help gives you advice on how to keep yourself and others safe.  

Can you donate to help someone who is struggling? 

Please give to the Islington Giving Crisis Fund, which is being organised by local charity, Islington GivingEvery penny you give to this fund will go to people who are isolated, anxious and in most need of financial support through this crisis.  

Resident Support Scheme 

Our Resident Support Scheme is available for Islington residents who are facing extreme hardship. Grants can be given to help if you are on a low income and struggling financially; in need of essential household items; or if there is a cut to Housing Benefit and you are finding it hard to meet your rent payments. 

Support for residents and businesses 

Some of our residents and businesses will be worried about the financial impact this unprecedented situation might have on them and their families. We have been notified from the Government that additional financial resources will be provided to local councils to support vulnerable residents. We are working on a package of support for both residents and businesses and we will provide further information on these measures as soon as we can. Please keep visiting the council’s webpages, as well as twitter @IslingtonBC and Facebook for the latest information. 

If you need to apply for our Resident Support Scheme please email the RSS team with your contact information and details about your situation.

Support for council tenants

Islington Council will do everything we can to support any of our tenants who find it difficult to pay their rent as a result of the covid-19 virus. We can help with financial advice and access to welfare benefits and discretionary relief to provide the best support that we can. No one should find themselves homeless at this difficult time and there will be no evictions from council properties during this period of public health crisis.

The council relies on rents to deliver vital services for all council tenants, it is important to continue to pay your rent but do contact us if you run into difficulty so that we can help.

There is information about local advice and support on subjects including financial advice and welfare benefits on our website.

Government advice

The Government has produced specialised advice relating to coronavirus;

What you can do

There are measures you can take to ensure you avoid and do not spread coronavirus.

  • Please help us to keep our parks and their facilities open by staying 2 meters away from people. We will not hesitate to close our parks if people ignore the social distancing advice. Wash your hands regularly, especially when you get back home, and wipe down equipment before using it. Keep your dog on a lead and ensure they are kept a safe distance from others and yourselves to avoid unnecessary contact. 

  • If you have developed a cough or fever, you should self-isolate at home for 14 days to avoid further spread of the virus. Your family and those living with you should do the same. The NHS has some tips on self-isolation

  • Carry tissues and use them to catch a cough or sneeze; then bin the tissue, and wash hands or use sanitiser gel

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using public transport; use sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands

  • Avoid close contact with people who are unwell.

For information on coronavirus symptoms, how to protect yourself, and what to do if you think you might have coronavirus, visit the NHS coronavirus webpageFor information on coronavirus and the situation in the UK visit the Government coronavirus web page. 


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