Coronavirus - COVID19 Information & signposting for residents 

With nearly 11,000 residents within the Parish we are taking steps to keep you all informed about Coronavirus, with factual information and advice. 
Latest Information 
On Monday 23rd March the government announced three new measures to reduce the spread of infection: 
1. Requiring people to stay at home, except for very limited purposes 
2. Closing non-essential shops and community spaces 
3. Stopping all gatherings of more than two people in public 
What does this mean for you? 
In the simplest terms possible, this is what it means: 
Stay at home - no unnecessary journeys or social contact 
Only leave home for essential shopping or to collect medicines/go to the doctors 
‣ You can leave your home for ONE form of exercise per day - For example, dog walk, run or a walk, this can be done alone or with other members of your household, but you must continue to practice social distancing if you come across anyone else when out. 
‣ If you are able to work form home then please do so, only travel to work if absolutely necessary 
‣ Public gatherings of more than 2 people are banned - this excludes people you live with 
‣ Do not visit other people homes or socialise outside your household 
‣ The Police can fine you if you don't follow these rules! 
‣ If you or anyone in your family show symptoms of coronavirus, then all household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill 
We are keeping up to date with advice from Public Health England and NHS 111. 
We recommend seeking advice from the same, reliable sources, not Facebook, Twitter or other Social Media outlets. 

Good Hand-washing & Hygiene Practices 

Wash your hands more often than usual, for 20 seconds using soap and hot water, particularly after coughing, sneezing and blowing your nose, or after being in public areas where other people are doing so. Use hand sanitiser if that’s all you have access to. 
To reduce the spread of germs when you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue, or your sleeve (not your hands) if you don’t have a tissue, and throw the tissue away immediately. Then wash your hands or use a hand sanitising gel. 
Clean and disinfect regularly touched objects and surfaces using your regular cleaning products to reduce the risk of passing the infection on to other people. 
At the current time and based on our understanding of what is known of COVID-19 and other similar respiratory viruses, it is likely that older people and those with chronic medical conditions may be vulnerable to severe disease. As more information emerges, recommendations may change. 
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Social Distancing - What does it mean? 

Social Distancing means avoiding contact with other people. It also means spending less time in public places, where there are lots of other people. 
‣ Avoid contact with someone who is displaying symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19). These symptoms include high temperature and/or new and continuous cough 
‣ Avoid non-essential use of public transport when possible 
‣ Work from home, where possible. Your employer should support you to do this. Please refer to employer guidance for more information 
‣ Avoid large and small gatherings in public spaces, noting that pubs, restaurants, leisure centres and similar venues are currently shut as infections spread easily in closed spaces where people gather together. 
‣ Avoid gatherings with friends and family. Keep in touch using remote technology such as phone, internet, and social media 
‣ Use telephone or online services to contact your GP or other essential services 
Everyone should be trying to follow these measures as much as is practicable. 
Last updated 26/03/2020 10:05 
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