The leader of Haringey Council has reassured residents plans are in place to support vulnerable people during the outbreak of coronavirus Covid-19.

Cllr Joseph Ejiofor (Labour, Bruce Grove) said the council will “continue to support the most vulnerable residents and undertake the other services that are essential to health and wellbeing in the borough”.

But he added some services “may be slower” as the council “prioritises vulnerable residents and its statutory duties”.

The leader also asked people not to buy more food or household provisions than they need to ensure there is enough for everyone.

It comes amid widespread reports of panic-buying, with some supermarkets now starting to ration purchases after running out of several products.

Cllr Ejiofor adds: “The Government has asked citizens to reduce their social interactions, and reduce unnecessary travel, and so we will be cancelling a range of events. It’s possible that some council facilities will also be closed. Please check before you travel.

“In line with government advice schools in Haringey will be closed except for vulnerable pupils or children of key workers until further notice.

“The Government will provide a full list of key workers which will include NHS workers, school staff and delivery drivers. We really appreciate all the work our schools are doing during this difficult time.”

The leader’s full message, along with advice for residents, is available here.