24.3.20 It is with regret that after last night’s Government announcement we are closing the physical parish council offices. The clerk will continue to work from home in a slightly limited capacity. Whilst it is hoped she will still be able to keep up with the websites and requests for community assistance she will not be able to put up posters, notices or information in the parish itself. So, if you need to contact us please ring 251022 or email email@example.com but expect some delay in responding.
Our frontpage is now being dedicated to how we can deal with the Coronavirus outbreak.
There is more information about community volunteering, which businesses locally will deliver and how you can help on the Community Website or the community Covid facebook page
If anyone needs help can you put something (red) up in your window/ on your front door. If ANYONE out and about sees this can they please go and ask what they can do … we are not able to police the whole community and ask for support in taking care of ourselves.
A message from Cornwall Council, sent to all users, can be seen here. It contains links on how to volunteer help, how to make contact with County Services and how to offer accommodation to Keyworkers if you have it.
25.3.20 – going out for exercise
Cabinet minister Michael Gove said that people should be defining exercise as “one walk, one run or one cycle per day”.
Please, this needs to be taken within your local area – putting bikes or surfboards on cars to drive round the county is not really acceptable. If you cannot walk to the beach PLEASE DON’T GO – ESSENTIAL TRAVEL ONLY . This is not a normal situation and we know that the first sunshine of the year is making things hard but try to be responsible when going out.
If you must go into or onto the sea for whatever reason (and surfing IS NOT a listed form of exercise) please make sure that you can safely stay 2m apart and have someone on the beach watching out for you.
Please note; Kerbside rubbish, recycling and garden waste collections are continuing as normal, but the Household Waste and Recycling Centres are now closed. Please continue to put rubbish and recyclables out for kerbside collection as you would normally.
Black Bag collections will continue as normal, however recycling and garden waste are being reviewed as necessary on a day-to-day basis.
The guidance for the disposal of waste for households with possible coronavirus infection; Personal waste (such as used tissues) and disposable cleaning cloths can be stored securely within disposable rubbish bags. These bags should be placed into another bag, tied securely and kept separate from other waste. This should be put aside for at least 72 hours before being put in your usual external household waste bin.Other household waste can be disposed of as normal.
Full waste disposal guidance
23.3.20 Social Distancing & Self Isolation
Please, if you don’t have to be out advice is to STAY AT HOME. We know our parish has plenty of open space but we ask that you act responsibly when in it – stay 2m ( about 7′) apart unless you are in a family group. Do not congregate in large groups.
There are reports coming in that there were large numbers of cars and walkers in the areas of Nansidwell, Bream Cove, Carwinion Woods & Meudon yesterday. Please, adhere to Government advice and only go out where necessary.
If you are one of the many people who are in a group that is now self isolating please make sure that you have the contact details for a relative, friend or neighbour in the parish who IS ABLE to get out. It may also help to ring around people in your own address-book just to see how they are.
Rather than seeing the negatives in this situation there has been some positive comment about turning this on it’s head and thinking rather than “what can i do not to catch the virus” ask yourselves to act as if you already have the virus and “what can i do not to spread this”. Follow Government or NHS advice – be cautious about information being spread via social media or online.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) information
As we are probably all aware Coronavirus is taking hold across the UK at present. There is no reason for undue panic within the normal fit and well population.
We would like to think that as a community we would all take it upon ourselves to keep an eye on our neighbours and provide assistance where we can but please do not put yourself in danger of exposure unless absolutely necessary.
Below is some information on basic protection measures and how to handwash effectively. This is the best advice you can receive to limit the virus spread and we do ask that you take suitable notice of it.
We also have information from the BBC on what the Coronavirus is, symptoms, advice on what to do if you think you may have it, what self isolation means and what happens during testing.
Remember, if you think you have symptoms please do not go to your GP – self isolate yourself and ring NHS 111 and they will give you details on what needs to be done.
19.3.20 – Schools across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are to close on Friday because of the coronavirus epidemic.
What will the impact be? Schools in the UK are to shut from Friday until further notice as a response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Schools will close except for looking after the children of keyworkers and vulnerable children, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said.
This academic year’s exams will not go ahead in England and Wales; decisions are due to be made in Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Nurseries, private schools and sixth forms are also being told to follow the guidance to close their doors.
The government says it plans to more than double the number of tests being carried out in England to 25,000 a day.
How long are schools likely to be closed?
We don’t yet know. This will depend to a large extend on how effective measures to reduce the spread of the outbreak are.
Deputy Chief Medical Officer Jenny Harries said the move was not prompted because children were at any particular risk, but because it was necessary to reduce social contact throughout society.
England’s Education Secretary Gavin Williamson says schools will be closed “until further notice”.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced plans to test more people for coronavirus. At the moment only people in hospital are being routinely tested, so if you have symptoms and you are not sure if you have the virus, you may well never know.
18.3.20 – additional preventative measures have been advised these are:
- Everyone should avoid gatherings and crowded places, such as pubs, clubs and theatres
- Everyone should work from home if they can
- All “unnecessary” visits to friends and relatives in care homes should cease
- People should only use the NHS “where we really need to” – and can reduce the burden on workers by getting advice on the NHS website where possible
- By next weekend, those with the most serious health conditions must be “largely shielded from social contact for around 12 weeks”
- The UK is now “three weeks” behind Italy – the worst-hit country in Europe
- If one person in any household has a persistent cough or fever, everyone living there must stay at home for 14 days
- Those people should, if possible, avoid leaving the house “even to buy food or essentials” – but they may leave the house “for exercise and, in that case, at a safe distance from others”
- Schools will not be closed for the moment
Chief medical adviser Prof Chris Whitty said the group of people who should take “particular care to minimise their social contact” were:
- People over the age of 70
- Other adults who would normally be advised to have the flu vaccine (such as those with chronic diseases)
- Pregnant women
What Can I Do To Help? (16.3.20)
It would be great if anyone who is willing to help out on their street can post it on the Mawnan Smith Facebook page at www.facebook.com/mawnansmithcornwall/ – the parish council can provide some help but we need to know what areas to target – especially since a number of councillors will also be subject to the Over 70’s restrictions. I already know that Durgan has set up their own group.
Whilst the Parish Council offices remain open you can contact us on 01326 251022 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org if you really are stuck for help. If it is urgent or you haven’t heard back within 24 hours please try contacting one of your parish councillors by phone. Their numbers are on the parish website.
Cornwall Volunteers is also looking to set up “flu friends” to make sure as many communities have the cover they need during this event. Anyone willing or able to help (and at this stage, they are just gathering names) please get in touch by calling 01872 266988 or email email@example.com
Alternatively please feel free to use the form below which is already circulating round the country.
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