There is a lot of valuable information out there. We will put the local aspects first where possible. Please also refer to the up to date SCAM list under the Neighbourhood Watch page.
SALC COVID-19 dedicated news
As we now move into the second national lockdown, please make sure that you visit the SALC News for weekly updates about the pandemic. Read more for news updates published w/c 2 November. Updates include:
- Community building closure
- Playground/outdoor gyms
- Council buildings and meetings
Where to go for information and advice:
We will add links to useful websites on this Parish Council website as and when we have them;
Please bear in mind at this difficult time that the Church is [also] here if you need any help or someone to talk to. Only the church building is closed. You are welcome to call Rev Adrian Watkins (Rector) 741949, Rev Ginny Manning (Assistant Priest) 644229 or Hugh Bunbury (Churchwarden) 643635.
We would also like to remind all parishioners that the Palgrave Welfare Trust is standing by in case the virus causes financial hardship. Their contact details can be found are on their dedicated page on this website.
The government has announced further national measures to address rising cases of coronavirus in England and we are now in a month lockdown. For full guidance of what is and is not allowed during this latest lockdown, please refer to the full guidance sheet below.
It is critical that everybody observes the following key behaviours:
HANDS - Wash your hands regularly and for at least 20 seconds.
FACE - Cover your face in enclosed spaces, especially where social distancing may be difficult and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet.
SPACE - Stay 2 metres apart where possible, or 1 metre with extra precautions in place.
- Customers in private hire vehicles and taxis must wear face coverings (from 23 September).
- Customers in hospitality venues must wear face coverings, except when seated at a table to eat or drink. Staff in hospitality and retail will now also be required to wear face coverings (from 24 September).
- People who are already exempt from the existing face covering obligations, such as because of an underlying health condition, will continue to be exempt from these new obligations.
- Guidance stating that face coverings and visors should be worn in close contact services will now become law (from 24 September).
- Staff working on public transport and taxi drivers will continue to be advised to wear face coverings.
- Here is a handy illustrated guide on how to wear your face covering.
Working from home
To help contain the virus, office workers who can work effectively from home should do so over the winter. Where an employer, in consultation with their employee, judges an employee can carry out their normal duties from home they should do so. Public sector employees working in essential services, including education settings, should continue to go into work where necessary. Anyone else who cannot work from home should go to their place of work. The risk of transmission can be substantially reduced if COVID-19 secure guidelines are followed closely. Extra consideration should be given to those people at higher risk.
To reduce the risk of catching or spreading coronavirus, you should minimise time spent outside your home, and when around other people ensure that you are two metres apart from anyone not in your household or support bubble. Social distancing is essential to stop the spread of the virus, as it is more likely to spread when people are close together. An infected person can pass on the virus even if they do not have any symptoms, through talking, breathing, coughing or sneezing.
When with people you do not live with, you should also avoid: physical contact; being close and face-to-face; and shouting or singing close to them. You should also avoid crowded areas with lots of people; and touching things that other people have touched.
Where you cannot stay 2 metres apart you should stay more than 1 metre apart, and take additional steps to stay safe. For example: wear a face covering: on public transport and in many indoor spaces, you must wear a face covering by law, unless you are exempt
- move outdoors, where it is safer and there is more space
- if indoors, make sure rooms are well ventilated by keeping windows and doors open
You do not need to be socially distanced from anyone in your household, meaning the people you live with. You also do not need to be socially distanced from anyone in your support bubble, if you are in one.
You should try to maintain social distancing if providing informal childcare within a childcare bubble. However, when providing care to a young child, or person with a disability or health condition who is not in your household or support bubble, it may not always be possible or practicable to maintain social distancing. You should still limit close contact as much as possible when providing these types of care, and take other precautions such as washing hands and opening windows for ventilation.
From 5 November, you must not meet socially indoors with family or friends unless they are part of your household, meaning the people you live with, or your support bubble.
This includes anyone you are in an established relationship with but do not live with - unless they are in your support bubble. Couples that do not live together and are not in a support bubble with each other can continue to see each other outdoors.
You can exercise outdoors, or visit outdoor public places, with the people you live with, your support bubble, or 1 person from another household. Children under 5, and up to two carers for a person with a disability who needs continuous care are not counted towards the gatherings limit on two or more people meeting outside.
Outdoor public places include:
- parks, beaches, countryside
- public gardens (whether or not you pay to enter them)
You cannot meet in a private garden.
Meeting in larger groups is against the law apart from specific exceptions where people from different households can gather in groups. The police can take action against you if you meet in groups. The relevant authorities, including the police, will have powers to enforce the law – including through fines and dispersing gatherings.
You can be fined £200 for the first offence, doubling for each further offence up to a maximum of £6,400. If you hold, or are involved in holding, an illegal gathering of over 30 people, the police can issue fines of £10,000.
Key National Guidance updates
The existing guidance is being updated extremely regularly so please check any guidance relevant to your area to ensure that you are accessing the most up to date version. We are not including in this pdf list all the published material but some of the key guidance that would be relevant to Suffolk County Council and our partners.
A List of Useful Websites is available covering many aspects related to health and wellbeing.