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Landlords and restaurant owners in Islington were pleased to welcome back punters and diners for the first time in more than three months on ‘Super Saturday’, when the government eased lockdown restrictions.

Islington Council is urging people to join a union to keep them safe at work, as the country emerges from coronavirus lockdown.

Young people in Islington are being invited to submit music they have made during lockdown to be featured in an an online event hosted by The Voice winner Jermain Jackman.

Two of Islington’s live music venues, The Lexington and the Union Chapel have raised thousands through crowd funding platforms to help them to survive the financial fall-out of the coronavirus pandemic.

A young man is helping to inspire other young people with autism through the unsettling coronavirus crisis by writing a weekly blog.

The leader of Islington Council has warned government ministers that local authorities will start going bankrupt unless they take swift action with financial aid.

A judicial review in the high court is being sought over the failure of the director of public prosecutions (DPP) to investigate alleged breaches of lockdown rules by the prime minister’s adviser, Dominic Cummings.

Arsenal in the Community is donating 250 laptops to Islington school children to combat the growing issue of digital poverty.

Jeremy Corbyn claims the government’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic has been a “shambles” – and says Dominic Cummings exerts a “strange” level of power over Boris Johnson.

Islington’s first low-traffic neighbourhood (LTN) will be in St Peter’s ward, the council announced on June 12.

Islington’s Covid-19 homeless taskforce says a “massive community effort” has kept some of the most vulnerable people in the borough safe during the coronavirus crisis.

A Willesden Green man has launched a crowdfunder to pay for a judicial review into why Dominic Cummings has not been penalised for breaking lockdown laws.

Sir Ian McKellen, Mandeep Dhillon, Joseph Fiennes, Sir Derek Jacobi, Lennie James, Alex Lawther, Miriam Margoyles, Lesley Manville and Elaine Page are among the names backing #ForTheLoveOfArts.

Islington Council is paying some interim workers more than £100 per hour – at a time when it’s more cash-strapped than ever due to the Covid-19 crisis.

Shoppers have been urged to support Islington businesses when a raft of ”non-essential” stores reopen their doors from Monday, June 15.

Despite the easing of lockdown, for many vulnerable and elderly people normality feels a long way off.

Islington’s Covid-19 homeless taskforce has called on the government to axe a “hostile environment” policy which “puts people onto the streets”.

Across Whittington Health NHS Trust we have been humbled by the support and generosity we have received. From making and delivering thousands of hot meals, donating chocolates, hand-creams and other treats, providing NHS staff with freebies and discounts, to the team of volunteer flight and cabin crew who have set up a ‘first class lounge’ in our hospital, your kindnesses have been overwhelming.

London’s overnight tube service may not return before Spring 2021 with union bosses warning there must be “no return to austerity”.

Emily Thornberry has urged the government to extend the eviction ban beyond June 25 to stop renters “plunging into homelessness”.

The leader of Islington Council only knows of two people from the borough who have gone through the government’s test and trace system – and claims it’s sending the local authority “c*** data”.

An Islington nurse has set up a bike-sharing initiative to help key workers and NHS staff travel safely during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Islington Council has backed Unison’s calls for care workers to be guaranteed full pay for “sickness and isolation” – but says central government must foot the tab.

The current ban on evictions ends on June 25. The government must extend the deadline and overhaul the system.

Police have revamped old bicycles for staff at the Whittington Hospital and donated laptops to people who need them most during the pandemic.

Islington National Education Union estimates just a “handful” of schools in the borough will welcome back all students in reception, Year 1 and Year 6 this week.

A charity has called for pet owners to look out for signs their cat may become pregnant, following a drop in the number of animals being neutered during lockdown.

Islington Council is consulting on ways to make the borough’s streets safer, healthier and greener.

Hundreds of furloughed workers have signed up to volunteer with charities using a new platform.

Two coronavirus outbreaks have been reported for every three care homes in Islington.

An Archway community group has uploaded cooking tutorials to Youtube to inspire people during lockdown.

A man beat Covid-19 and the odds after his life-support machine was nearly switched off three times while he was in an induced coma – and then his girlfriend of 30 years proposed to him.

Families who could not visit loved ones on their death beds have reacted to Dominic Cummings’ alleged breach of lockdown rules.

Dominic Cummings was quizzed by the media on Monday about his trip from Islington to County Durham, where he stayed at his parents’ farm despite lockdown restrictions.

Nando’s is set to reopen 94 of its restaurants for delivery and collection after closing sites in the face of the coronavirus lockdown.

The prime minister’s most senior adviser was heckled outside his house in Islington over the weekend after allegedly flouting lockdown rules he helped devise.

Islington’s top cop has urged everyone to stay home or abide by social distancing rules over the bank holiday weekend so his officers can focus on tackling violent crime.

Up to a third of the borough could be covered by low traffic neighbourhoods (LTNs) by the end of the year, Islington Council leader Richard Watts revealed today.

We will bring you the latest updates from north London and the response of the authorities to the coronavirus crisis.

TfL has launched a probe into why 33 transport workers have died with coronavirus – but some bus drivers claim it’s “too late”.

Grassroots music venues in Islington are struggling to survive the “devastating” effects of the Covid-19 lockdown – and warn the UK’s culture will be diminished if they go bust.

An Archway woman donned in homemade scrubs including an Ikea bag and a shower cap is using the weekly clap for carers to demand improved PPE for health workers.

Islington Council has “strongly advised” schools against “rushing” to reopen to more pupils to “hit arbitrary deadlines set by ministers” as the coronavirus lockdown is gradually eased.

Islington’s business chief has called on central government to urgently help small businesses that are falling through the cracks of the Covid-19 aid packages and rescue measures.

Extinction Rebellion (XR) activists painted “pop-up” cycle lanes around Islington during a weekend of socially distanced protests.

TfL narrowed roads in the Nag’s Head area of Holloway over the weekend to give pedestrians more space to social distance on walkways.

The annual Islington in Bloom horticultural competition has moved online this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Former Eastenders star Michelle Collins fears young actors are being pushed into poverty during the coronavirus crisis and could “leave the industry”.

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