The up-to–date situation with regard to COVID in Croydon will be considered by the Cabinet meeting on Monday 8 June. It includes the statistics including of the number as at 18 May: Croydon University Hopsital 295 and in care homes 147. Lockdown enters a dangerous phase with the need to still stay safe. The Council continues its support programmes including advice tenants in multiple occupation, and urging business to claim funding support. The phased re-start of parking enforcement begins on Monday. Park gyms and playgrounds will remain closed. Imaginative community initiatives continue.
The report can be downloaded here:
Entering A Dangerous Phase
The report to the Cabinet states: ‘The Director of Public Health for Croydon has advised that this is a very dangerous phase within the pandemic. It is critical that people do not become complacent and that social distancing and good hygiene are maintained.’
For the changing guidance on dealing with COVID the Council brings its special webpage up-to-date at:
Croydon’s COVID-19 statistics at 18 May (5pm)
Confirmed cases: 1,485 (1,388 on 3 May) i.e. 97 new infections.
Confirmed Hospital deaths: 295 (259 on 3 May)
Deaths in care homes: 147
Shielded residents: 14,054 of whom 2,800 needed support to get basic supplies as they do not have friends/family nearby
Government food parcels for 6,261 shielded residents
Council interim and additional support, inc. 1,552 essential supplies parcels
Applications for deferment of Council Tax payments for 2 months: 3,583 residents
Schools Open in crisis: 93 with 1,151 children attending (20 May), which has been a steady increase.
Rough sleepers: 160 accommodated within Croydon. 89 were Croydon verified rough sleepers. 18-20 rough sleepers in Croydon refused accommodation support.
(COVID report to Cabinet)
A Public Health England study shows that Croydon had has 167.2 deaths per 100,000 population – around double the national rate. The national Guardian discusses the main findings at
COVID Advice To Multi-occupied Tenants
The council is sending updated Covid-19 guidance on contact tracing and hygiene advice to thousands of tenants across the Borough living in private shared properties.
There are around 1,000 Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) in the borough, most of which have between three and six unrelated individual people living under one roof with separate bedrooms and shared facilities.
When lockdown restrictions began in March, the Council sent out Covid-19 guidance outlining related restrictions and health advice for residents in council-run and private accommodation, including HMOs. This went to over 12,000 Council properties, around 650 households in emergency accommodation, and management companies that run around 2,000 temporary accommodation units.
This week updated guidance is being sent by email and post.
Small Businesses Urged To Apply For Up To £5,000 COVID Grant
Phased Parking Enforcement Returns From 8 June
8 June. Start with issuing warning notices for on street in bay contraventions. Full CCTV enforcement restarts, School Streets to help reduce school run traffic and establish enforcement to protect social distancing. Ongoing issuance of PCN for yellow lines and dangerous offences with proactive enforcement.
22 June. Restart of enforcement in parking permit bays – subject to any new and contradictory guidance from London Councils or the Government. Plus any backlog in processing of permit, in these case for expired permits will be temporarily not enforced. All other residents will be requested to P&D.
(Cabinet report 8 June)
Partial Lockdown In Parks Continues
‘Playgrounds and outdoor gyms will continue to be taped off, with signage confirming that they are closed and cannot be used. Toilets will also remain closed. (Cabinet report)
How Winterbourne Pupils Are Coping With Being Back to school
COVID-19’s Lasting Psychological Impact
As evidence emerges as to the negative psychological effects for many people of lockdown, a Croydon therapist discusses the need to address the lasting impact at
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Post COVID Is Opportunity For Radical Rethink Of London
Ben Rogers of the Centre for London discusses the post-war re-imaging of London as part of a discussion on the opportunity for a radical rethink post COVID.
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Community Supports South Croydon Care Home
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