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Corona virus: Information


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Local Police are warning us that people are using the virus crisis to access people’s homes:

"The NHS are NOT conducting any door to door initiatives in regards to testing individuals for the Coronavirus."

If anyone knocks on your door proclaiming to be conducting the tests please call the Police. Or report them to Citizens Advice by calling 0808 223 1133. 


Support information

  • Up-to-date medical advice and stay at home policy about the coronavirus on the NHS website.


Help groups:

There are many self-help groups being set-up around the country to help people who are self-isolating. Locally useful to join Nextdoor https://nextdoor.co.uk/ And there an active local WhatsApp group; contact at https://tinyurl.com/MMAzonegroup. You can register for various types of help. This should direct you to the appropriate Mapesbury subgroup. Any problems or if you need assistance ring Dione Gill on 07932 787 388


If you get ill.

For information on what to do to prepare and what to do if you get it, see notes prepared by local nurse


Keeping in contact: Even those of us who are supposed to completly self-isolate can help people by keeping in touch regularly and checking they are OK. There is no reason why physical isolation should be social as well. Most keep inb contact on phone/ social media; but possible to call on neighbours then have concversation from the gate! If you just fancy a talk with someone day or night Silverline (the Esther Rantzen one): 0800 4 70 80 90


Charities, food banks 

Those people fortunate to be reasonably off, but unable now to go out to theatres, cinemas, restaurants, pubs etc are likely to be better off during this crisis. So help local food banks or other charities, where you can.


Police update. Police officers will continue to engage with people and businesses, applying common sense and using their experience. If people are on their own or obviously in a household group, there is no need to speak to them. If they see a group of more than two people who do not appear to be from the same household – they will talk to them about the new guidance and ask them to go their separate ways.

If a business is open which should not be, they will remind them of the government advice. Local authorities are visiting businesses to advise them too.


  • Safeguarding children. He wants to reminds parents of the risks that may present themselves on-line and the steps they can take to monitor their children’s online use. Advice about staying safe online is available here and here

  • Reporting online Anyone who wants to report a crime in London is asked to do so via the Met police’s website: or by tweeting @MetCC. Officers are continuing to investigate offences and crimes and carry out their daily duties to keep London safe. The public should only call 999 in an emergency.


Still crime about

Please be aware that spam and fraud emails come now about corona. it is tempting as they look like giving info about corona, i.e. maps from your area but false and dangerous. The usual rule: never open attachments and best bin them straight away. The best, fastest and reliable news are still via usual media outlets i.e. bbc, sky and good papers. Twitter is currently also trending with a lot of wrong  and fake news.


Update from  Brent: Contains information about changes in the way the council is working in these times and with a variety of agencies; Brent Mencap; Young Brent Foundation, Age UK; Crisis, Sufra, Step up Hub, Brent Citizens advice bureau. These and other voluntary and community groups are getting extra cash to provide support – such as help with food, supplies and medicines. more details at: www.brent.gov.uk/needextrahelp

  • Worried about someone? If you or someone you know does not have the support of family, friends or the wider community, then Brent Council has set up a Wellbeing Duty phone line to make sure the most vulnerable people get the support they need. If you are worried about a vulnerable person and don’t think they have existing support, you can call the helpline on 020 8937 6589 between 8am and 8pm, seven days a week. Mmore at: www.brent.gov.uk/worried

  • Emergency childcare. If you are a key worker or have a vulnerable child and need emergency childcare, please contact the Children and Families Information Service on 020 8937 3010 or email cfis@brent.gov.uk

Local Food Shopping.

Waitrose Brent Cross has its first hour everyday, 9-10am, for oldies, key workers etc. They were enforcing a limited entrance and the queue outsiude is not long. Inside, it is normally pretty empty, mostly well stocked. And with most of the rest of Brent Cross closed, driving in and out and parking is not a problem


M&S are getting pretty organised; they have reserved the first hour for certain groups; Monday and Thursday (vulnerable and older customers); Tuesday and Friday (NHS and emergency workers). And implementing 2m rule outside.


Sainsbury's are doing the Over-70s hour, 08.00-0.900 Monday, Wednesday and Friday. They are generally limiting the number of people in the shop; Seems to work well, is not crowded and its only problem is that many shelves only get filled at around 08.30.


If, however, you want to avoid supermarkets; feedback from members is that:

  • the fish shop on Chichele Road is opened since the other day;

  • John's - the independent greengrocer on Hamilton Road opposite Dollis Hill tube is open and has regular fresh deliveries at present;

  • O'Farrells Family Butchers (and regular sponsor of our annual report) is open 7am to 1pm Tuesday to Friday; 7am to 3pm Saturday (closed Sunday and Monday).

  • Last week the Halal Supermarket on Walm Lane was well-stocked with basics, tins, pulses, etc.

  • The Olive Tree organic food shop, 152 Willesden Lane, is still open and has variety of fruit, pulses, nuts etc. 020 7328 9078)

Stay well, stay kind, stay sane!