COVID-19 Information & signposting for residents 

With over 7,000 households within the Parish, we are taking steps to keep you all informed about COVID-19, with factual information and advice.  
Together we are stronger. 

Latest information from Monday 19th July 2021 

Step 4 otherwise known as........Freedom Day! 
Although most legal restrictions have been lifted at step 4, and many people have been vaccinated, it is still possible to catch and spread COVID-19, even if you are fully vaccinated, and we are still in the third wave of this pandemic in the UK. 
COVID-19 will be a feature of our lives for the foreseeable future, so we need to learn to live with it and manage the risk to ourselves and others. 
As COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, it is important that we all use personal judgement to manage our own risk. All of us can play our part by exercising common sense and considering the risks. While no situation is risk free, there are actions we can take to protect ourselves and others around us. Following this guidance will help you stay safe and protect others by controlling the spread. Every action to help reduce the spread will reduce any further resurgence of the virus in the coming months. 
What does it all mean? Here are the key points - for more detailed information click on the link at the end. 
🔵You no longer have to social distance from people you do not live with, there are also NO limits on how many people you can meet with. 
🔵The requirement to wear face coverings in law has been lifted. However, the Government expects and recommends that people wear face coverings in crowded areas such as public transport. Many local shops are requesting that customers still wear masks. 
🔵Whilst Government is no longer instructing people to work from home if they can, they would expect and recommend a gradual return over the summer. 
🔵You must still isolate when testing positive or being contacted by NHS Test & Trace. 
🔵Continue to meet people outside wherever possible. 
Read the full guidance HERE on UK Government website. 
All adults over the age of 18 can now get vaccinated against COVID-19. To find out more and book yours click HERE. 
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  

Washing hands properly and regularly is still important! 
Wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitiser regularly throughout the day. Regular hand washing is an effective way to reduce your risk of catching illnesses, including COVID-19. 
It is particularly important to wash your hands: 
⚫️After coughing, sneezing and blowing your nose 
⚫️Before you eat or handle food 
⚫️After coming into contact with surfaces touched by many others, such as handles, handrails and light switches 
⚫️After coming into contact with shared areas such as kitchens and bathrooms 
⚫️When you return home 
⚫️Where possible, avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. If you do need to touch your face (for example to put on or take off your face covering), wash or sanitise your hands before and after. 
Photo credit: BBC NEWS 

World Health Organisation 

Q&A on Coronavirus (COVID-19) 
Got a question about coronavirus? Click HERE to see some frequently asked questions from The World Health Organisation. 

Need assistance? 

As we start to return to 'normal' please see below for a list of local organisations/services/groups that may be able to provide help and support or simply friendship. These are not endorsed in any way by the Parish Council. 

Finacially affected by Covid? 

MK Signpost may be able to help. 

Help available 

Domestic violence has doubled during the pandemic. 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 
OK Rehab specialises in addiction treatment. This treatment is available via both inpatient and outpatient treatment providers. They also work with clinics that are able to facilitate treatment taking place in your own home, who are able to provide professional intervention and home detoxification. 
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