COVID-19 Information & signposting for residents
With nearly 11,000 residents within the Parish we are taking steps to keep you all informed about COVID-19, with factual information and advice.
LATEST LOCKDOWN INFORMATION JANUARY 5TH 2021
England has now been placed into NATIONAL LOCKDOWN
What does this mean?
You must not leave or be outside of your home except where you have a ‘reasonable excuse’. This will be put in law. The police can take action against you if you leave home without a ‘reasonable excuse’, and issue you with a fine (Fixed Penalty Notice). 'Reasonable excuse' includes:
Work - If you cannot work from home
Essential Services - shopping for food items for yourself or on behalf of a vulnerable person
Education & childcare - More information on education & childcare here
Exercise - You can continue to exercise alone, with one other person, with your household or support bubble. Please limit this to once a day and in your local area. Remember to maintain social distancing even when outside.
Medical - you can leave home for medical appointments or to get a Covid test.
Harm or compassionate visits - this means you can leave home to be with some one who is giving birth, to avoid injury or illness or to escape risk of harm - such as domestic abuse. You may also leave home to visit someone who is dying or in a care home, hospice or hospital, or to accompany them to a medical appointment.
Animal Welfare - you can take your pet to a vet
😷 Public must wear face-masks when in enclosed public places
🚌 When using public transport
🏬 When shopping
✖️ They don't need to be worn whilst outside
✖️ They DO NOT replace the need for hand-washing
✖️ When wearing you STILL need to maintain 2m social distancing
✖️ Do not purchase medical grade masks/respirators please leave these for health-care professionals
Thinking of making your own mask?
Click HERE to get some useful info on what type of material is best to make your mask from?
Click on the image below to find out how to wear and make a cloth face covering
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.
Photo credit: BBC NEWS
Hand Washing Songs
Fed up of singing Happy Birthday twice whilst washing your hands? Yes, you are not alone, check out the video for the top 10 tunes to sing whilst washing your hands.
Please see below for a list of local organisations/services/groups that may be able to provide help and support. These are not endorsed in any way by the Parish Council.
The Safety Detectives!
Do you know how to keep your kids safe when they are online? Head over to The Safety Detectives and check out their Parents' Guide for Safe YouTube and Internet Streaming for Kids.
Domestic violence has doubled during the lockdown. Please don't be afraid to seek help.
Women's Aid run a live chat service, their hours are Monday to Friday 10:00am - 4:00pm, Saturday and Sunday 10:00am-12:00pm. If you need to talk in silence you can via their website.
Or if you can talk you can call MK Act on 0344 375 4307 (Monday to Friday). Calls are low cost and in confidence. If you need help outside these hours call the National Helpline on 08082000247.
If you think you might be in danger, call the police immediately on 999.
If you can't speak, use the Silent Solution