IMPORTANT! Update on coronavirus outbreak

Wuhan novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) briefing no. 2 for public and staff, 31.1.2020

Public Health Team, Barnet Council


Update on coronavirus outbreak

Two people from the same family have tested positive for coronavirus in the UK by this morning. They are being treated at a NHS facility. The World Health Organization has declared the coronavirus outbreak a public health emergency of international concern, and UK Chief Medical Officers have raised the risk to the UK public from low to moderate. This permits the government to plan for all eventualities.


At Barnet Council, we would like to reassure our residents and staff that we are working closely with Public Health England (PHE) to monitor the outbreak of Wuhan novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) globally and locally and will keep updating you accordingly.


We strongly advise to seek information only from reliable sources. The situation is changing fast and further guidance is being prepared. You can access updated information from following sources:


Advice for all residents

Since there is currently no vaccine to prevent infection, the best way to do so is to avoid exposure to this virus.

At Barnet Public Health, we would recommend following usual winter season preventative measures, as they reduce the spread of other respiratory viruses as well:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer;
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands;
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick;
  • Stay at home when you are sick;
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then bin the tissue. If tissue is not available, cough and sneeze in your elbow.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects such as keyboard.

For any queries and further information, contact:

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Congratulations to BMFF

We are happy to share our success at The London Faith & Belief Community Awards in being awarded for Services to and for faith and belief communities in Greater London.

First ever Barnet Multi Faith Youth Forum event at Unitas Youth Zone

Dear Friends

An amazing and unique event occurred last night at the at this incredible youth centre of, Unitas Youth Zone in Barnet.

The first ever Barnet Multi Faith Youth Forum event was organised to celebrate Interfaith week with various mixed sports activities, music and palm printing, culminating in an open mike happening. Consisting of faith readings, dancing, poetry, an emotional witness account of international visit to a conflict area and extraordinary singing, the evening was a brilliant success. The Unitas hosts provided a magnificent venue and atmosphere  with the Faith Forum guests supplying  a sumptuous feast of fruits, halal vegetarian, samosas, bhajis ,parathas, pakoras and platters of delicious mixed kosher bagels.

The special faith space was opened, in which the youth forum members had spent numerous volunteering hours to decorate and welcoming, for all at the centre members to use in quiet contemplation.

Barnet Youth Faith Coordinator Tahseen Mehar praised the vibrant enthusiasm and passionate eagerness of the group to work together and BMFF Co Chair Es Rosen was full of pride for the confidence exhibited by of all who participated and who had the courage to stand up in public, for their faith and belief. Organised by and for young people this wonderful event, showed how inspiring it is when we can all come together to have fun and to learn from one another. With over 600 events taking place all around the country to celebrate Interfaith week, he claimed that this event showed how much our future was in such wonderful talented and determined hands.

Es also thanked Barnet Council and Near Neighbours and especially Tony Lewis, Unitas Zone Director for supporting this event.

BMFF statement following the attack in Germany during Yom Kippur

Please find below a statement on behalf of BMFF:

In Germany yesterday the world witnesses yet another unjustifiable act of hatred and violence, whilst the Jewish community were celebrating their holiest day in their place of worship, they were inhumanely targeted.

As members of Barnet Multi Faith Forum we collectively agree that terrorists have no religion, they want to create division and chaos among those who want to live in peace. We will continue to stand together in defiance of their plans to spread unrest and hate. Our collective prayers go out to the Jewish community in Germany and in all places. We stand with you and send you our sincere condolences on yet another sorry day.

Let us keep hope, let us keep faith that this evil will not prevail and the good work we do together will counter these merciless acts. 

Trevor Alexander
Esmond Rosen
Co-Chairs Barnet Multi Faith Forum

Hate Crime Awareness Week

As part of National Hate Crime Awareness Week, Barnet will be hosting a number of events across the borough. Hate crime is an issue that affects the entire community. No one deserves to be targeted with abuse because of their disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, faith, race, religion or national origin. The project aims to show people that we will not let hate crime escalate in Barnet.

Last year we launched our Hate Crime Awareness Campaign: Barnet – Say No to Hate Crime: Speak Up, Get Support and Report It! The project ties in with the Barnet 2024 Corporate Plan outcome aimed at building safe and strong communities where people get along well. One of the priorities under this outcome is “taking a zero-tolerance approach to hate crime”.

Research has shown that hate crime can escalate and spread if it is left unchecked within a community. Hate crime can be targeted against its victims on the grounds of disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, faith, race, religion or national origin. It can include offences such as verbal abuse, criminal damage, bullying, assault, harassment and offensive graffiti. There has also been a recent surge in online hate crime, particularly through the use of social media. Over Hate Crime Awareness Week 2019, we want to reach out to members of our community to encourage reporting of hate crime by becoming a Hate Crime Reporting Champion. Increased reports will allow the police and their partners to build up a statistical picture of hate crime hotspots, so they can target resources towards stopping it. This could include more police patrols or community workshops to bring people together.

Barnet Council has therefore partnered with the Metropolitan Police (Safer Transport Team), Barnet Mencap, Barnet Homes, Community Barnet, Inclusion Barnet, Community Security Trust, Barnet Multifaith Forum and Middlesex University to to spread public awareness and understanding of hate crime, and the effect it has on its victims. At awareness raising events across the borough, community support workers will talk to members of the public about identifying hate crime and the ways in which it can be reported to the Police. This will include information about Barnet’s Hate Crime Reporting Centres, where vulnerable adults can get support if they need assistance to speak up about hate crime.

Hate Crime Awareness Pledge

Jewish community helps reopen Somali Bravanese centre six years after arson

Extract from Jewish News – read the full article here

A new London base for the Somali Bravanese Welfare Association was officially opened last night in the presence of local Jews who have supported the community since the arson attack on its former centre six years ago.

Rabbis from across the religious spectrum were among the first to offer support to their neighbours in the wake of the 2013 assault, with Finchley Reform Synagogue hosting Ramadan prayers and annual iftar celebrations following an idea from Citizens UK.

Community members also provided free legal support and were at the forefront of a campaign for the new centre.

Last night, new faith minister Lord Younger cut the ribbon to formally open the facility in East Finchley, telling guests: “What sends the greatest message that hate won’t win are events like today.”

Exciting launch of Barnet Multi Faith Youth Forum

An exciting and historic event occurred in Barnet this week with the organisation of the first ever Barnet Multi Faith Youth Forum hosted by Middlesex University. It was fantastic to have varied representation from Bah’ai, Buddhist, Christian, Jewish, and Muslim faiths in the room and we would warmly welcome other faith representatives in the borough to join us.

The forum aims to be a safe space, where young people aged 15 to 25 can feel comfortable and confident to represent their own faith and beliefs. It will enable young people to discuss any issues that concern them, as well as creating opportunities to interact, work alongside and learn from each other and to be united as a community that is richly diverse.

It was particularly impressive to hear the support they gave each other and in advocating for the rights of others to practice their faith freely and for the fundamental virtues of promoting a society of mutual understanding and respect.

We agreed that during Interfaith Week from the 10th – 17th November, we would to like to host an Interfaith open-mic and sporting event to celebrate this and we have already set up a working group to organise its details.

The Next Barnet Multi Faith Youth Forum meeting will be on Thursday 17 October at 18.00 at Unitas Youth Zone and if you would like to attend or find out more please contact me Tahseen

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