“CORONA VIRUS: LET’S BEAT IT IN BURITON”
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GRADUALLY OUT OF LOCKDOWN
Many Covid restrictions were removed on 19 July: most legal limits on social contact were removed and there are no longer limits on gatherings inside or outside and on social distancing. However, as cases continued to rise the government urged caution, common sense and personal responsibility. The GOV.UK website provides guidance on how to stay safe and help prevent the spread of the virus as well as information on what you can and can’t do in the current situation. Protections which remain in place include: testing when you have symptoms and targeted asymptomatic testing in some settings to help people manage their personal risk; isolating when positive or when contacted by NHS Test and Trace; minimising the number, proximity and duration of social contacts; and being outside or letting fresh air in. Guidance on protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable has also been updated and can be found here. The Government expects to undertake a review in September to assess the country’s preparedness for autumn and winter and will consider whether to continue or strengthen public guidance.
The Government also highlights that the importance of remembering ‘hands, face, space and fresh air’ is still important in helping to stop the spread of the virus.
Free home testing COVID kits: regular home testing offers some comfort to check whether we are putting friends and family at risk. To get free home test kits:
- You can visit the GOV.UK website and order them straight to your home, or call the NHS on 119 any day between 7am to 11pm, calls are free. These are usually delivered within two days by Royal Mail and
- Local pharmacies may also stock the home tests for you to collect.
One in three people with Coronavirus have no symptoms and may be spreading it without realising: so everyone seems to be saying that it’s vital that we each take personal responsibility to limit the spread of the virus and protect others.
Stay safe – but shop local. The coronavirus pandemic has been a long, hard time for many local businesses and they will need support to recover and thrive in the future. It is still important to protect the NHS by staying safe. There is more about these issues on the EHDC website: www.easthants.gov.uk/stay-safe-shop-local
The Five Bells is still able to provide takeaway meals and if anyone needs any other catering, please let Fran know as help can probably be provided: 01730 263584 or firstname.lastname@example.org)
Bin collections: owing to staff illnesses some rubbish, recycling and glass collections in the district may runbehind schedule. If these problems affect Buriton, the guidance is that everyone should continue to leave their bins out and crews will collect them soon as possible (perhaps on Saturdays). You only need to report a missed bin if you notice that your neighbour's bin has been collected but yours hasn't.
Household Waste & Recycling Centres: The County Council is retaining the booking system to manage customer demand and ensure controlled and safe operations while visitor numbers are increased as social distancing restrictions are reduced. You must have an appointment to visit an HWRC in Hampshire and residents are asked to limit themselves to one visit per week to ensure all residents have a fair opportunity to visit a site when needed.
Church opening during the day: the building will be open during the day, every day, from the beginning of August, with the Lady Chapel and south aisle available for private prayer.
St Mary’s church has made a number of changes to enable as many people as possible to be able to come back to worshipping together and to keep everyone safe, in line with current Church of England guidance. This means that people do not need to book for services: you may just turn up and choose where you sit in the nave pews. But everyone is asked to be sensitive to the feelings of others, and not encroach on another’s space unless both agree. It is being recommended that everyone should wear a mask in the church, hand sanitizer will continue to be available and contact details of those who attend will still be held for test and trace purposes. The Seward Room will not be in general use. The 10am services will continue to be available on Zoom with new details as follows: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81974720615?pwd=L3c0QXJ3NmFlOEJJVExwRTUzamRyUT09 Meeting ID: 819 7472 0615; Passcode: 111111
The Post Office will still operate in the Seward Room at St Mary’s on Fridays although refreshments continue to be suspended.
More information will be added to this site as / when available.
Please continue to make sure that friends and neighbours who do not have access to the internet are aware of relevant information so that they can also tell others.
Coronavirus can still spread fast and everyone should still do their bit to minimise their chances of catching or spreading the virus. Please follow all the national measures and wash hands regularly.