⚠️ New measures to stop the spread of coronavirus

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New measures to stop the spread of coronavirus

An important message from Dr Melanie Smith, Director of Public Health

Coronavirus cases are rising among all age groups across the country. The prospect of a second wave of this deadly virus is now real, with infections spreading to people that are more vulnerable.

This week the UK’s Covid-19 alert level was raised from Level 3 to Level 4. To prevent the spread of the virus, new measures have been introduced.

These are:

  1. Work from home, if you can. If you cannot work from home, you should continue to attend your place of work.
  2. Pubs, bars and restaurants must close at 10pm. They must also operate table-service only, except for takeaways.
  3. Wearing a face covering is now the law for staff and customers in shops and hospitality venues, unless you are eating or drinking or are exempt. All users of taxis and private hire vehicles must also wear a mask.
  4. From Monday 28 September 2020, a maximum of 15 people can attend a wedding, and up to 30 for a funeral.
  5. Stricter enforcement. The fine for failing to wear a face covering or breaking the Rule of Six has doubled to £200. People who fail to self-isolate will face a fine of up to £10,000. Businesses will also be fined if they breach their legal obligations.
  6. Shielding. The guidance remains that you do not need to shield, unless you are in a local lockdown area.

Unlike the measures from March 2020, there is no general instruction to stay at home. Schools, colleges and universities will stay open.

You are safest when you follow this advice:

  • Wash your hands, or use hand sanitiser, regularly and for at least 20 seconds
  • Cover your face, when using public transport or in busy spaces like high streets or shops where it may be more difficult to keep your distance
  • Make space, try to stay two metres away from people you don’t live with.

If you develop symptoms of the virus, please immediately self-isolate. You can book a free test online or by calling 119. Please only book a test if you have symptoms.

The fight against this terrible virus is not over. We must all take responsibility together, by following these new rules, to avoid further restrictions and keep Brent safe.

Download the NHS Test and Trace app


You can download the NHS Covid-19 app, part of the NHS Test and Trace service, from Thursday 24 September.  

The app, which is completely anonymous, will help you to quickly check if you have Covid-19 symptoms, order a test and check-in to venues by scanning a QR code.  

Used alongside traditional contact tracing, the app will send you a notification if you come into contact with someone who later tests positive for coronavirus – with information about what action you need to take.

By choosing to download the app, you will be helping to stop the spread of coronavirus, keeping Brent safe and protecting your friends and loved ones.

>>Search for the app using the app store.

>>WATCH: Dr John Licorish, Public Health Consultant at Brent Council, explains how the NHS Test and Trace app will work and why it is important to download it

Businesses must by law display QR Code for NHS Covid-19 app


Many businesses, including places of worship, will be legally required to display posters showing the QR Code for the NHS Covid-19 app from Thursday 24 September.

This includes all venues from the following sectors: hospitality, leisure and tourism, close contact services, places of worship and Local Authority venues.

Close contact services include hairdressers, barbers, beauticians, tattooists, sports and massage therapists, dress fitters, tailors and fashion designers.

>>Create your QR code poster for the NHS Covid-19 app

Help us help you protect against flu


Flu is a serious condition that kills thousands and hospitalises thousands more in England each year. The flu vaccination is the best protection for you and those around you which is why it is offered for free for those most at risk.

Adults at high risk from flu are also most at risk from COVID-19 and the free vaccine is more important than ever, to help protect the nation from a double threat this winter. That’s why this year, the free flu vaccine is being offered to a record number of 30 million people to help protect as many as possible from flu and ease pressure on the NHS and urgent care services.

Ask your pharmacist or GP if you’re eligible for a free flu vaccine. If your child is at school, and aged 4-11 years old, make sure you sign and return the consent form.

>>Visit the NHS website to find out more about flu vaccination

Call, Chat, Care with Age UK


Are you 70 or over?  Do you care for someone who is 70+?

Age UK Hillingdon, Harrow and Brent have a new telephone-based service offering short-term support to those who are at risk of loneliness and isolation in these difficult times.

The Call, Chat, Care service phones older people to check that they are okay, to offer a listening ear and provide support by talking through any issues or concerns troubling them. Often this is all someone needs, however if we cannot assist, we can support the older person to find the help they need from other key sources

If you are interested, have any questions, or know someone who could benefit from this service please contact the team:

If you would like to volunteer with Age UK, you can also find out more using the same details.

Become a Health Community Champion

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Church End and Alperton have been the two areas within Brent hardest hit by  Covid-19 so far.

Brent Council – working with the NHS Brent CCG, CNWL and LNW University Healthcare NHS Trust – are looking to recruit residents of these areas to Health Community Champion roles, with a view to working together to improve outcomes for local people.

These roles present an exciting opportunity for residents to expand their experience and skills by working closely with statutory bodies focusing on health issues. There will also be opportunities to take on paid roles involving more time, commitment and learning and development opportunities.

Expressions of interest are welcome from mutual aid volunteers and the general public in Church End and Alperton.

If you’re interested in becoming a Health Community Champion, please email Sangeetha.Ilanko@brent.gov.uk or Ketan.Mistry@brent.gov.uk if possible by 5pm on Friday 25 September.

Brent 2020: Brent Biennial NOW OPEN

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From sculptures to sound art, large-scale murals to intimate installations, you can find over 20 new artworks across the borough.

>>Plan your visit and have all the projects in your pocket - download the leaflet and map NOW

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NHS Test and Trace roadshow to visit Wembley

On Friday 25 September the NHS Test and Trace Outreach Team will be in the car park of the ASDA supermarket in Forty Lane, Wembley.

Pop down between 9am - 6pm to get:

  • Help setting up the NHS Test & Trace app
  • Support with setting up QR codes for your business
  • Answers to any questions you may have.

The Community Skip is back on tour: get rid of old furniture for free

Are you sitting on bulky waste you need to get rid of? 

To coincide with the Great British September Clean, the Community Skip will be visiting a street near you. Residents can drop up to five bulky items free of charge, with proof of a Brent address.

>>Find out more

Brent Works and apprenticeships

Brent Works is a no cost service providing job and apprenticeship opportunities for local people, across a range of sectors, including construction.

The Brent Works team are here to support you into meaningful employment, and take the steps needed to get there. See the current job and apprenticeship opportunities available now for application.

>>Find opportunities now