As Government guidance changes in the light of the coronavirus pandemic, the Council has been responding in the way that it provides services in the community.
Meetings of the Council resumed with effect from 13th July and notice of the meetings to be held will be posted on the Council’s website. Meetings are being held face-to-face as the Council is satisfied that all reasonable precautions are being taken to comply with Government guidance.
The Clerk is working from home and can be contacted as usual by e-mailing email@example.com or by writing to 2 Blenheim Close, Warboys, PE28 2XF (telephone 01487 823562).
The Parish Centre has re-opened with additional hire conditions and a risk assessment for its use in the current situation. The smaller room will not be available and hirings are restricted to the larger main hall with a temporary capacity of 20 persons to comply with Government guidance.
The playgrounds at Adams Lyons, Jubilee Park and Orchard Close re-opened on 4th July in line with Government guidance. The Council is unable to physically restrict access and concluded that it was preferable to re-open with the following guidance to users rather than having unregulated use.
- If the playground is busy, consider returning later
- Limit groups to no more than 6 people and 1 child on each piece of equipment at a time
- Maintain social distancing
- Use sanitiser or wipes to clean children’s hands before and after use.
- Clean surfaces before and after use, essential if clinically vulnerable
- Avoid touching your face
- Dispose of waste in the bins provided or preferably take your rubbish home
- No food or drink allowed
- Don’t use the playground if displaying signs or symptoms of coronavirus
- Children’s clothes should be washed when returning home
The Council has decided regrettably not to re-open the tennis court for safety reasons. The court surface has been deteriorating for some time and there is a danger that players could slip and hurt themselves.
To help minimise the risk of infection from coronavirus when out in the village, please do not drop litter. If you can, please take your litter home with you and avoid using the litter bins around the village as much as possible.
The verge in the High Street is currently being cut by a member of the public who has volunteered to help while he is at home during the pandemic. The Council is extremely grateful to him for his help and support.
Test & Trace Information
People are being urged to support the NHS Test and Trace programme, which aims to gradually replace the national lockdown with individual and household isolation for those who have been in contact with the virus.
People are being asked to follow this three-step plan:
Step 1 – If you have one or more of the symptoms of coronavirus – a fever, a new continuous cough or a loss of taste or smell – you and the people you live with must immediately self-isolate.
Step 2 – You then must book a test on the www.NHS/coronavirus website and if you don’t have internet access dial 119. Do not leave home for any other reason. If you test positive, you will then be contacted by the NHS Test and Trace service within 24 hours.
Step 3 – If you do test positive, NHS Test and Trace will help you establish who you have been in contact with and might have infected. This could be members of your own household already isolating or someone you have been within 2 metres of for more than 15 minutes. You will also be given clinical advice and support for dealing with the virus. NHS Test and Trace will then contact those contacts anonymously. If you are one of those contacts, you will be advised to isolate for 14 days, even if you don’t have symptoms or feel perfectly well. If you developed symptoms, you would be required to get a test. Even if negative they still have to self-isolate for 14 days even though the household is not required to do so.