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.
Lockdown Rules from 2nd December 2020
We have been placed into Teir 2
- What does this mean?
MEETING FRIENDS AND FAMILY - No mixing of households indoors, apart from support bubbles. Maximum of six outdoors.
BARS, PUBS AND RESTAURANTS - Pubs and bars must close, unless operating as restaurants. Hospitality venues can only serve alcohol with substantial meals. Venues must stop taking orders at 10pm and must close by 11pm.
RETAIL - Open.
WORK AND BUSINESS - Everyone who can work from home should do so.
EDUCATION - Early years settings, schools, colleges and universities open. Childcare, other supervised activities for children, and childcare bubbles permitted.
INDOOR LEISURE - Open.
PERSONAL CARE - Open.
OVERNIGHT STAYS - Permitted with household or support bubble.
WEDDINGS AND FUNERALS - 15 guests for weddings, civil partnerships, wedding receptions and wakes; 30 for funerals.
ENTERTAINMENT - Open.
PLACES OF WORSHIP - Open, but cannot interact with anyone outside household or support bubble.
TRAVELLING - Reduce the number of journeys you make and walk or cycle if possible. Avoid busy times and routes on public transport. Avoid car sharing with those outside of your household or support bubble. Avoid travelling outside your area, or entering a Tier 3 area, other than where necessary such as for work or education. Further exemptions apply.
EXERCISE - Classes and organised adult sport can take place outdoors, but cannot take place indoors if there is any interaction between people from different households. Organised activities for elite athletes, under18s and disabled people can continue.
RESIDENTIAL CARE - COVID-secure arrangements such as substantial screens, visiting pods, and window visits. Outdoor/airtight visits only (rollout of rapid testing will enable indoor visits including contact).
LARGE EVENTS - Sport, live performances and business meetings limited to 50% capacity or 2000 people outdoors (whichever is lower) and 50% capacity or 1000 people indoors (whichever is lower)
For more information and detailed guidance visit: gov.uk/coronavirus
😷 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