Help stem the coronavirus: Don’t ignore a call from 020 8921 3100

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Greenwich Council has started its own contact tracing

Greenwich Council staff have begun their own test-and-trace service to track down people who may have been infected with the coronavirus.

Dozens of local authorities around the country are now making calls to residents who have tested positive for Covid-19, reaching the parts the government’s troubled Test & Trace service has been unable to find.

Now Greenwich has joined them. If you get a call from 020 8921 3100 – don’t ignore it; it’ll be the test and trace team. (The national test and trace number is 0300 013 5000.)

If you get a call, you’ll be asked who and how best to reach those people who have been in close contact with you. There are more details on the Greenwich Council website.

As ever, you have coronavirus symptoms (a high temperature, a new, continuous cough, a loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste), even if they’re only mild, it’s important to get a test and stay at home until you get your result. Please go to gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test – local centres are available, or you can order a home test. If you have problems using the online service, call 119. Testing is not available at hospitals or GP practices.

If you need to self-isolate, you may be able to claim a one-off £500 payment to help support you and your family during the 14 days. Find out if you are eligible to apply for this payment or call 0800 470 4831.

And if you need help obtaining food, or need advice or support, you can contact the council’s community hub on 0800 470 4831.

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After England went into its second lockdown on Thursday, Charlton Lido closed while Charlton Park’s skate park closed on Friday morning. Playgrounds remain open but outdoor gyms, tennis courts and multi-use games areas are closed. Libraries at Charlton House and Blackheath are open, but only for the collection of books and other items ordered online or by phone, 30 minutes of computer use, and return drop-offs.


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Lockdown 2: Charlton Lido users hope petition will save open-air swimming

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Autumn at Charlton Lido. Photo © Neil Clasper.

Last week, we reported that Charlton Lido would be opening during the day all through November. New swimmers have discovered the lido during lockdown, and it is the first time since the pool reopened that swimming has been available during the colder, darker months.

The new English lockdown puts a stop to this from Thursday:

To reduce social contact, the Government has ordered certain businesses and venues to close. These include indoor and outdoor leisure facilities such as bowling alleys, leisure centres and gyms, sports facilities including swimming pools, golf courses and driving ranges, dance studios, stables and riding centres, soft play facilities, climbing walls and climbing centres, archery and shooting ranges, water and theme parks.

A petition has been created to convince the government that open-air facilities such as Charlton Lido should be an exception.

Open-air swimming pools should remain open:
●WHO & Gov state that transmission of Covid-19 outdoors is lower
●CDCP states “no evidence that Covid-19 can spread to people through recreational water”
● WHO states that chlorine kills Covid-19

The petition can be found at petition.parliament.uk/petitions/555079.


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Coronavirus in Charlton: It’s okay to ask for help – here’s where to get it

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Staying two metres apart remains vital

With coronavirus spreading fast once again, Greenwich Council’s public health team is ramping up its work in Charlton. If you need help or assistance, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Here’s some information about where we are now, what you can do, and how to get help. And please spread the word.

New Tier 2 restrictions

London – including the borough of Greenwich – is in Tier 2 of the government’s restrictions. There are 3 tiers, or levels – tier 1 (medium risk), tier 2 (high risk), and tier 3 (very high risk).

With Greenwich in tier 2, this means that to keep everybody as safe as possible, we can no longer meet people from other households indoors, whether that is at home or in a pub or restaurant. The rule of six still applies when meeting people outdoors.

As well as following the tier 2 guidelines, there are 3 simple actions we must all do to keep protecting each other:

  • Hands – keep washing your hands regularly
  • Face – wear a face covering in enclosed spaces
  • Space – stay at least two metres apart (or one metre with a face covering or other precautions).
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Getting tested for coronavirus

If you have coronavirus symptoms: (a high temperature, a new, continuous cough, a loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste), even if they’re only mild, it’s important to get a test and stay at home until you get your result.

In Greenwich, there are several sites where testing is available. Booking is essential for all testing centres. Order a home test kit if you cannot get to a test site.

Please go to gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test. If you have problems using the online service, call 119. Lines are open 7am to 11pm.

Testing is not available at the emergency department at the hospital or at your GP practice, so please do try to get a test there.

Support if you test positive and have to self-isolate

If your test result is positive, you and your household will need to stay at home and self-isolate for 14 days. This is important to stop the virus spreading and to keep your community safe. See more information about self-isolating.

This can be stressful and worrying when you need to go to work. If you are unable to claim sick pay from your employer and are a low income household, you may be able to claim a one-off £500 payment to help support you and your family during these 14 days.

Find out if you are eligible to apply for this payment or call 0800 470 4831.

Support if you are self-isolating

Getting support

This is a difficult and worrying time for us all, and it’s normal to feel anxious and low. People may also now be more isolated than before, but there is still lots of support available, whether it’s financial, physical or emotional, and it’s okay to ask for this support.

Visit Live Well Greenwich for more information, advice and support or call 0800 470 4831 to talk to a trained, friendly advisor.


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