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Coronavirus

 

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3.4.2020

Allotments

It is acceptable for plotholders to visit their allotment for daily exercise. Chancellor Michael Gove clarified matters relating to ‘exercise’. He said people would be allowed to run, walk or go to an allotment, but that more social activities, such as playing golf, were not allowed.
Allotments provide valuable physical exercise opportunities and mental health support.

The following advice should be followed to help keep you and others safe:

It is important to adhere to strict social distancing rules while at the allotment and travelling to and from the allotment.

Walk, run or cycle to your allotment either on your own or with one other member of your household. Drive only if absolutely necessary.
Do not pick up anyone on the way and travel to the allotment with them. This is not allowed. If you bump into someone on the way then maintain safe social distancing protocols (stand two metres apart).
Wash or sanitise your hands after using the allotment gate. It would be helpful to others if you wiped down the gate, as well, if you can.
Don’t wash your hands in the communal water troughs.
Don’t work on the allotment in groups of more than two. If you share the plot with someone from a different household then you must observe safe social distancing rules. Ideally, work out a timetable so you can visit the plot separately.
If you bump into people then maintain safe social distancing protocols at all times.
Don’t make anyone a cup of tea.
Don’t share tools.
Avoid taking your children the plot if you possibly can. If you do take them, ensure they keep to your plot and avoid playing on communal areas.
Wash or sanitise your hands thoroughly before and after eating food, and when you get home.

Current Government advice could change, so keep checking https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do#can-i-walk-my-dog–look-after-my-horse

1.4.2020

Coronavirus – sources of advice
 
The coronavirus situation is fast-moving and there is an increasing amount of misinformation online.
 
The government’s main source of advice on coronavirus is https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
If you would like to keep up-to-date with the government information as it comes out then you can sign up to their Covid-19 response bulletin https://www.gov.uk/email-signup?link=/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response
 
Public Health England (PHE) has FAQs that will be updated regularly https://publichealthmatters.blog.gov.uk/2020/01/23/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-what-you-need-to-know/

Help available – Contact South Cambs District Council

Fill in the I need help or know someone who does form

https://www.scambs.gov.uk/coronavirus/

Scams – warning

https://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/asset-library/coronavirus-scam-postcard.pdf

Help with energy bills – from today, contact your provider

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-agrees-measures-with-energy-industry-to-support-vulnerable-people-through-covid-19

31.3.2020

Council provides essential supplies for most vulnerable shielding from Coronavirus

Parcels of food and emergency supplies for the most vulnerable in our communities who are shielding from the Coronavirus are being delivered to residents across the county from this week.

The Government has promised that a national food distribution scheme will be up and running very soon, to support 1.5million people nationally who need to be shielded from the virus for at least 12 weeks because of serious health and medical conditions.

Every one of those people is being contacted by the NHS to advise them of this, and to ask whether or not they have a reliable support network in place to make sure they receive food and medicines, and other supplies, to prevent them from having to leave their homes.

Those who don’t have such a network will be provided with food and medicines via a national scheme which is being developed with food wholesalers, supermarkets and community pharmacies.

In the period up until this national scheme is fully operational, Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council have been working with the British Red Cross to ensure that those residents who need food, medicine and emergency supplies are looked after.

During the weekend council staff telephoned residents who they knew were shielding to see if they needed help and then arranged deliveries of items to those that did.

Yesterday (Monday) a team of council staff and British Red Cross volunteers packed tens of boxes with emergency supplies which have been delivered by the Government, which will be delivered to residents who are shielding at home in the coming days and weeks.

The council and British Red Cross have also been supported by a planner from the military and staff from Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service.

A warehouse facility has been secured in the centre of the county, from which distribution of the parcels will take place via the local hubs network.

Residents are asked to note that they will NOT be asked for payment or bank card details, either at the door or by any other contact.

If you are at home and shielding because of serious health or medical conditions and we have not been in touch, please visit our Coordination Hub page or call us on 0345 045 5219

Please visit our Cambridgeshire or Peterborough websites for further contacts details.

Shielded Patients List

NHS Digital has published the shielded patients list (SPL) which is enabling partner organisations across government to support and protect those who need shielding at this time.

People who have not yet received a text or letter from NHS, can self-register (or register a family member) if they are extremely vulnerable and think they should be on the NHS Shielded Patient list https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus-extremely-vulnerable

People who believe they have been included in error on the list can ignore the communication provided they have checked the list of identified conditions does not apply to them, and may wish to contact their GP or clinical specialist for advice

Community translation videos

The Government’s information about staying at home for all but essential reasons, keeping your distance when you must go out, and washing your hands when you return is vitally important for everyone to know and understand to prevent the spread of the virus. Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council identified that there was a problem reaching some people in our communities with this message who may not have understood the important public health messages, either because they cannot read or understand English or because they cannot access translations.

As a result we have worked with people across our communities to produce video messages of this advice in other languages. Video blogs have been produced covering 29 different languages so far – with more being added every day – and these are available to view and share on our websites and on all our social media sites. People across our communities have been sharing the messages and we are asking other organisations to use them widely to reach as many people as we can.  Cambridgeshire Constabulary is already doing this.

Please help us to share the videos as widely as you can, helping to reinforce the message that people must stay at home unless for the reasons set out by Government. Take a look at the video blogs on the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough websites.

Domestic abuse and COVID-19

We know that this is a difficult and worrying time for everyone – but particularly so for adults and children living with domestic abuse, and the professionals working hard to support them.

During the current coronavirus ‘stay at home’ situation, one of the concerns is that there will be an increase in reports of domestic abuse. Home is not likely to be a safe place for victims and survivors of domestic abuse and they will be increasingly isolated from sources of support.

The window of opportunity for anyone with an abusive partner to make a call and seek help is often very limited and that window is now likely to be even smaller. Research undertaken in China during the Wuhan lockdown revealed an increase of a third in reported domestic abuse incidents.

Councillor Mark Goldsack, White Ribbon ambassador and lead member for community safety and domestic violence at Cambridgeshire County Council, said: “As a White Ribbon ambassador, domestic abuse of all kinds is constantly in my mind. Under current rules for COVID-19, families will be under new and different pressures which could put vulnerable people in a heightened risk of domestic abuse.

“We want to make sure that despite the conditions our support services are available for those that may need them. Please stay safe and contact specialist support services or the police if you are suffering any form of domestic abuse, sexual violence or coercive behaviour.”

Councillor Irene Walsh, Cabinet Member for Communities at Peterborough City Council, said: “Under the new ‘stay at home’ rules in place for coronavirus, families will be under new and different pressures which could put vulnerable people at a heightened risk of all kinds of domestic abuse.

“We want to make sure that despite the current circumstances, our support services are available for those that may need them. Please stay safe and contact specialist support services or the police if you are suffering any form of domestic abuse, sexual violence or coercive behaviour.”

Find all the contact details and read more here on our news pages at Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

Dr Liz Robin vlog

Today Dr Liz Robin, Director of Public Health, reminds us the measures we are taking will help to beat the spread of coronavirus and give us five simple tips that you can do every day to improve your mental and physical health.

Click here to watch today’s video blog.

Dr Liz Robin is available for down the line interviews about the current COVID-19 situation or the contents of today’s Vlog.  Please contact the Communications team if you would like to set one of these up.  

Support for businesses in Peterborough

From tomorrow (Wednesday), businesses in Peterborough will begin receiving financial support from the city council, following a package of measures announced by Central Government last week to support businesses which have been affected by the Covid-19 outbreak.

12 month Business Rate Holiday

This applies to any retail, hospitality and leisure businesses and also non-local authority childcare providers. These businesses will have nothing to pay from tomorrow (Wednesday, 1 April) for 12 months. The collective saving for these city businesses is £33m and revised bills – with zero to pay – will be sent.

Small Business Grant Funding

All businesses in receipt of small business rate relief or rural rate relief (over 2,000 businesses in Peterborough) will automatically receive £10,000. The collective payment for Peterborough businesses is £22million. We are getting in touch with these businesses and will make the payments over the next two weeks.

Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Funding

This affects almost 640 businesses in Peterborough who will each receive £25,000. The collective payment is £16million. We are getting in touch with these businesses and will make the payment over the next two weeks.

Support for city residents

Central Government has now provided the council with further clarification over which households should receive a slice of a national £500million Hardship Fund to help ease financial worries during Covid-19.

Over 7,700 city households will be eligible for a £150 payment. Residents across the city will collectively receive £1.6million. This will appear as a credit on their April council tax bills.

Businesses in Cambridgeshire

The Peterborough and Cambridgeshire Combined Authority (CPCA), working with the County Council and Peterborough City Council, wants to ensure businesses across Cambridgeshire are fully aware of the various financial support measures being made available by Government and that as many businesses as possible secure the support they are eligible to receive.

The CPCA have set-up an email address to receive and respond to general business queries – business@cambridgeshirepeterborough-ca.gov.uk

Further support and advice for businesses can be found on our websites: Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

 Junction 18 (Rhubarb Bridge) works complete in Peterborough

The works are now complete, the bridge has been strengthened and traffic can flow at the main roundabout. The contractors will return as soon as possible to put the finishing touches to the pedestrian crossings, which then means they can be used. In the meantime the footbridge is open as usual.

Children in school are all smiles

While the current situation may be difficult for many of us, it is certainly not holding back those children attending Cherry Hinton Primary School in Cambridge. Not just content with keeping the positivity to themselves, they have been helping those passing by the school keep in good spirits too!

Bin collections in Peterborough

City residents are being asked not to overload bins and to ensure that recycling, general waste and food waste is in the correct bins. Crews are noticing some residents are having non-essential clear outs at home and are filling bins with many more items than usual. This means crews are taking longer to complete their collections and could place strain on the teams if workers begin to fall sick and are unable to come to work during the COVID-19 outbreak.

For more information about what should go in your bin, visit our website.

You can keep up-to-date with any changes to our services on our websites:

Our advice and latest information on Coronavirus can be found on both websites – www.peterborough.gov.uk/coronavirus and www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/coronavirus

Coronavirus: what you need to do

  • Stay at home
  • Only go outside for food, health reasons or work (where this absolutely cannot be done from home)
  • Stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people
  • Wash your hands as soon as you get home

Anyone can spread the virus.

Full guidance on staying at home and away from others

Sharing Parish Updates

You are welcome to share this Parish Update by forwarding the email to people in your community, who can also subscribe to receive updates from Cambridgeshire County Council by registering and selecting ‘Parish and District Updates’ from the list under Covid-19.

Contact:

parishesCV@cambridgeshire.gov.uk

31.3.2020

A reminder that the playground, skate park, bike track and tennis courts are now closed until further notice.

30.3.2020

For information about help available for residents, including council tax please visit https://www.scambs.gov.uk/coronavirus/support-for-residents/

27.3.2020

Gamlingay Parish Council is a burial authority. Information for funeral directors can be found here https://gamlingay-pc.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Gamlingay-Burial-Authority-contact-details.pdf

27.3.2020

Closed until futher notice ☹️
Following government advice, the Parish Council regrets to say that the play ground, skatepark and tennis courts are now closed. We will not be erecting fencing to prohibit entry, as this would be very difficult and expensive to arrange and we do not have the facilities or manpower to monitor all the areas at all times, but we trust that residents will comply with these restrictions and follow the requirements of social distancing to keep us all safe.

Government advice is that the following should be closed “communal places within parks, such as playgrounds, sports courts and outdoor gyms”

24.3.2020

The play area is now closed following Government advice.

The parish council office is  now closed following Government advice. We will be remotely monitoring email – please use clerk@gamlingay-pc.gov.uk to contact the Council.

Check official websites for latest advice and information – https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus   https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/full-guidance-on-staying-at-home-and-away-from-others

 

23.3.2020

The library is now closed.  All Cambridgeshire County Council Libraries (static and mobile) will close from Monday 23 March.
All loans have been extended until the middle of May and all overdue charges suspended.

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23.3.2020

All parish council owned playground and open spaces are currently open. Please help Gamlingay keep safe by complying with social distancing. You can go for a walk or exercise outdoors if you stay more than 2 metres from others.

20.3.2020 Parish Council information
The clerks plan to continue to work from the office at the Eco Hub, although the office (and the Eco Hub itself) will not be open to the public from 12 pm today (Friday 20.3.2020).
Please continue to contact us by telephone 01767 650310 email clerk@gamlingay-pc.gov.uk or Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Gamlingayparishcouncil/ and Twitter https://twitter.com/GamlingayPC. Emails and social media will be monitored remotely if needed.
We will be updating our website and social media pages with information and advice.
The next Full Council meeting is scheduled for April 14th, but this is obviously subject to change. The Annual Parish Meeting is scheduled for the 28th April, again subject to change.
Please follow all the guidelines and advice issued by the relevant authorities and work together to help our community through these exceptionally unusual times.

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20.3.2020

Local help – Gamlingay Coronavirus Support Group. Has its own private group Facebook page.

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20.3.2020

New website aiming to link together those who want to help with those who need help – promoted on BBC radio Cambridgeshire https://pandemicangels.org/

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18.3.2020

Summary of NHS advice

Data table

* if one member of your family or household has a new continuous cough or high temperature
** if you live alone and you have a new continuous cough or high temperature
*** for example cinema, theatre, pubs, bars, restaurants, clubs
**** for example via telephone or internet
1 such as anyone instructed to get a flu jab each year

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-social-distancing-and-for-vulnerable-people/guidance-on-social-distancing-for-everyone-in-the-uk-and-protecting-older-people-and-vulnerable-adults

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18.3.2020

Key information
It’s really important that everyone helps to share the most up to date, useful and factual information in their communities to make sure as many people as possible are receiving the latest guidance on the virus.
•Common questions and answers on COVID-19 can be found on the NHS website, includingadvice for families, prevention, how it’s caught and spread, self-isolation, testing and treatment,foreign travel: www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19
•People are advised to use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service: https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19/
•Keeping up to date on social media – who to follow:

Organisation Facebook Twitter
Public Health England @PublicHealthEngland @PHE_UK
NHS @NHSEngland @NHSEngland
Cambridgeshire County Council @CambridgeshireCC @CambsCC
South Cambridgeshire District Council @SouthCambridgeshireDistrictCouncil @SouthCambs

 

 

Cambridgeshire County Council https://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/residents/coronavirus/coronavirus-information

South Cambridgeshire District Council https://www.scambs.gov.uk/your-council-and-democracy/coronavirus-information/

Central Government https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response

NHS  https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Greensand Medical Practice http://www.greensands.org.uk/

FAQ’s

Information for funeral arrangers – protocol and contact details in the event of office closures are below

Gamlingay Burial Authority-contact details

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Sunday April 5th, 2020

Gamlingay Parish Council

Skateboarders....
Any of your children/ young people out with their skateboards - or just got home? The skate park is CLOSED for all of our safety, please explain this to them. Thank you.
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Friday April 3rd, 2020

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No means no...
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Friday April 3rd, 2020

Gamlingay Parish Council

Moving with the times....
Local authorities will be allowed to hold public meetings remotely by video or telephone, under new powers introduced today.
The Government has temporarily removed the legal requirement for local authorities to hold public meetings in person during the coronavirus pandemic. This will enable councils to make transparent decisions and protect local democracy.
Gamlingay's first virtual Parish Council meeting is being planned.
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/councils-given-new-powers-to-hold-public-meetings-remotely
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Friday April 3rd, 2020

Gamlingay Parish Council

South Cambs Police tweet:
We've patrolled on foot and in police vehicles in Gamlingay Hatley and elsewhere (yesterday evening).
Residents we spoke to were in good spirits and thanked us for keeping them safe – thank you for staying home and keeping us all safe
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Friday April 3rd, 2020

Gamlingay Parish Council

It's going to be sunny this weekend
Enjoy - but keep to the rules within the lockdown. Help keep us all safe.
https://twitter.com/CambsCops/status/1246015978833657859?s=20

Cambs police on Twitter
“It could reach 20c in parts of the county this weekend. Please enjoy the sunshine from your garden or sensibly on your allocated exercise. Avoid the temptation to gather outside or travel to beauty spots. #Stayhome and together we can help stop the spread of the virus. https://t.co/pD381hrYxm”
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