Advice & Cusop News
The children's playpark behind Coronation Terrace is now
closed as is the Village Hall and the church (building).
The churchyard is still open
TAKE CARE OPENING YOUR POST
One potential source of infection that you might not have thought of is the post. Letters/parcels/etc will have been handled by many people raising the risk that one of the handlers will have an infection. So handle the envelope/packaging with care and bin it before immediately washing your hands. The contents, in general, will have been touched by fewer people and so there's less risk - with thanks to our local microbiologist for this!
CURRENT GOVERNMENT RULES ON STAYING AT HOME AND AWAY FROM OTHERS
The government has now introduced three new measures that must be followed by everyone to help combat the spread of Coronavirus
1. STAY AT HOME - you should only go out for one of these 4 reasons
Shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible.
One form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle - alone or with members of your household.
Any medical need, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person.
Travelling to and from work, but only where this absolutely cannot be done from home.
These four reasons are exceptions - even when doing these activities, you should spend as little time outside of the home as possible and ensure you are always at least 2 metres apart from anyone who is not a member of your household.
2. NON-ESSENTIAL SHOPS AND PUBLIC SPACES TO BE CLOSED
In addition to pubs, cinemas and theatres, all non-essential retail stores must now be closed - this includes
- clothing & electronics stores; hair, beauty & nail salons; outdoor & indoor markets (but excluding food markets).
- Shops that can stay open are :
- supermarkets and other food shops, health shops, pharmacies (including non-dispensing pharmacies), petrol stations, bicycle shops, home and hardware shops, laundrettes and dry cleaners, garages, car rentals, pet shops, corner shops, newsagents, post offices, and banks.
- libraries, community centres, and youth centres.
- indoor and outdoor leisure facilities such as bowling alleys, arcades and soft play facilities.
- communal places within parks, such as playgrounds, sports courts and outdoor gyms.
- places of worship, except for funerals attended by immediate families.
- hotels, hostels, bed and breakfasts, campsites, caravan parks, and boarding houses for commercial/leisure use (excluding permanent residents and key workers).
3. PUBLIC GATHERINGS ARE NOT ALLOWED
To make sure people are staying at home and apart from each other, the Government is also stopping all public gatherings of more than two people. There are only two exceptions to this rule:
- where the gathering is of a group of people who live together - this means that a parent can, for example, take their children to the shops if there is no option to leave them at home.
- where the gathering is essential for work purposes - but workers should be trying to minimise all meetings and other gatherings in the workplace.
In addition, the Government is stopping all social events, including weddings, baptisms and other religious ceremonies. This will exclude funerals, which can only be attended by immediate family members.
There is also new guidance for extremely vulnerable people - the government website has a list of who this includes. This guidance is for those who are at very high risk of severe illness from coronavirus because of an underlying health condition, and for their family, friends and carers. These people will receive a letter from government strongly advising them to stay at home at all times and avoid any face-to-face contact for a period of at least 12 weeks.
All of this information plus advice on many other aspects of the current crisis can be found on the government website