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“CORONA VIRUS: LET’S BEAT IT IN BURITON”

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ROADMAP OUT OF LOCKDOWN

Most Covid restrictions to remain in place until 19 July: the government’s announcement of a four-week pause in the roadmap to end restrictions means that most Step 3 restrictions remain in place. A small number of restrictions changed this week (including rules on weddings and civil partnership ceremonies, receptions and celebrations; commemorative events; care home visits and domestic residential visits for children). The number of people able to attend such events will be determined by the number that can be safely accommodated in the venue with social distancing in place. The GOV.UK website provides information on what you can and can’t do under the current restrictions.

This delay in the lifting of restrictions shows the need for everyone to get vaccinated as soon as possible. Once all adults have been vaccinated, we will be in a better position to get back to normal and end the restrictions. All over-18s are now invited to get their coronavirus vaccine. Book through the national booking line or call 119 free of charge, any time between 7am and 11pm seven days a week.

The Government also highlights that the importance of remembering ‘hands, face, space and fresh air’ is still key to stopping 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. There are now a number of ways 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
  • Local pharmacies may also stock the home tests for you to collect or
  • You can visit ‘The Cottage’ at Penns Place (adjacent to the EHDC Offices): 8am to 6pm (weekdays), Saturdays 8am to midday (stocks may be limited).

One in three people with Coronavirus have no symptoms and will 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. The more people you see, the more likely it is that you will catch or spread coronavirus.

Please try to make sure that friends and neighbours who may not have access to the internet are always aware of the latest information – and check to see if they need any help, or simply a chat.

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. Official advice explains that when we leave home we should plan ahead, take our masks and hand sanitiser with us and use the RingGo app to pay for parking.  Keep your distance from other shoppers and remember “hands, face, space”. It is still important to protect the NHS by staying safe. There is more about staying safe and the importance of shopping locally on the EHDC website: www.easthants.gov.uk/stay-safe-shop-local

When and how to self-isolate? There is a legal obligation to self-isolate for at least 10 days if you have Covid symptoms, or you test positive for Covid-19, or you live with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19, or you live with someone who has Covid symptoms, or you are contacted by NHS Test and Trace to say you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive. Self-isolation means staying at home and not leaving it; you should not go out for any reason - even to buy food, medicines or other essentials, or for exercise; you should order online food, or ask friends or family to help out by leaving items outside your door. If someone you live with has coronavirus, you must also self-isolate, regardless of whether you have symptoms. This means you must not leave the house for 10 days from the day they first became ill, or - if they have no symptoms - from the day they had a test. If they then display symptoms, you must start a new 10-day isolation period. Anyone who has symptoms or tests positive needs to try to keep apart from other members of their household; stay in a well-ventilated room where you can open a window, but keep the door closed; use a separate bathroom if possible (if not, then use the bathroom after everyone else and clean it thoroughly afterwards); meals should be eaten in your room and not in a shared area like the kitchen. People all over the country are not following these rules and the virus is still spreading.

Covid-19 Vaccinations: a briefing note about the Covid-19 vaccination programme in Hampshire (which includes information about prioritisation and venues etc) is available via this page on this website. The briefing asks everyone to note these key messages:

  • Please don’t contact the NHS to seek a vaccine, they will contact you
  • When they do contact you, please attend your booked appointment
  • Please continue to follow all the guidance to control the virus and save lives.

The chair of the local Primary Care Network has recently explained the following:

  • Local arrangements are well organised and are able to respond at short notice to deliveries of vaccine
  • This is why patients may be asked to come for a jab at short notice
  • Please do not contact your surgery as they will contact you when they have vaccine for you
  • If you are concerned that you may have been missed out on your turn, then please use the online surgery contacts to alert your doctor and wait for them to get back to you
  • Phoning your surgery must be a last resort as they are very, very busy at this time.

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 frances_vesey@btconnect.com)

Prescriptions: For anyone needing help with repeat prescriptions during the lockdown period this service has been used by some people in the parish and seems well reviewed: https://www.pharmacy2u.co.uk/ppc?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIkPWPgorr7AIVi4BQBh0P5g2uEAAYASAAEgJFSPD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds

The Post Office continues in the church on Fridays from 9.30-11.30am. Please wear masks, use the hand sanitiser before and after, and keep at least 2m space between you and other users. There is a one-way system for PO users so please be sure to follow the signs!

St Mary’s church: during the current  lockdown, St Mary’s church continues to hold services. Booking is essential (email parishpriest@stmarysburiton.church or leave a message on 01730 269390 before midday on the Saturday). Please don’t attend if you are feeling unwell! Services are only allowed provided everyone adheres to the face - hands – space motto and provided there is no mingling in the church.  People may prefer to join the Sunday 10am service remotely via Zoom. This link and codes should be valid until the end of June: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82721266308?pwd=UjJrMVhGL3BTTlY3aHNYdk01L2tSdz09 (Meeting ID: 827 2126 6308; Passcode: 111111). The church continues to be open during the day for private prayer on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays. Again, please wear a mask, sanitize your hands and keep 2m away from others. Please only sit where indicated.

Neighbourcare is still operating as normal supporting their current client base. However, if anyone has had a letter from the Government putting them on the ‘clinically extremely vulnerable’ register/list then please contact Peter Nixon if you need any additional help with shopping, pharmacy pick-ups, etc. Peter can be contacted on 01730 269034 or pillmeadhouse@btinternet.com"

Videocalls are still an easy way to stay in touch during social-distancing. There are many videoconferencing platforms available but ‘Zoom’ seems to be very popular. Some guidance notes about using Zoom have kindly been produced for the community by Greg Ford and they can be accessed here. Age UK has also developed some guidance on using video calling which might be helpful for anyone who hasn’t used a video call device before.

COVID-19 vaccine scams: fraudsters are taking advantage of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout through a cruel but convincing text in an attempt to steal people’s personal and financial details. A dangerous fake text message, purporting to be from the NHS, has been circulating which tells people that they’re eligible to apply for the vaccine: see what it looks like below. The link takes people to an extremely convincing fake NHS website that asks for personal details, but people are rightly suspicious when asked for their bank/card details in order to ‘check your identity’. With the recent approval of multiple vaccines in the UK, these types of scam attempts may continue as fraudsters look to take advantage of the rollout to so many people. Some ‘cold calls’ regarding the vaccine are also beginning to take place – with scammers asking people to pay for it over the phone. Advice from experts includes: if you receive one of these calls, hang up; if you think you may have handed over your card details to scammers, let your bank know what’s happened immediately; please share warnings with friends and family to try to prevent anyone from falling victim

Other scams: there are reports of other scams purporting to be from DVLA, HMRC and other GOV.UK organisations. These are attempting to steal your bank details and/or other personal information. Some are asking you to confirm your billing or identity data, some are suggesting that you are eligible for a ‘lockdown support plan’ grant and some are offering fake tax rebates (or warnings that you’ve missed a tax deadline). Scammers are using increasingly sophisticated techniques, meaning it can be easy to be conned if you’re not paying close attention. If you receive a text or email from HMRC about a coronavirus rebate or fine, it will not be genuine. Make sure you don’t download any attachments or click any links in the message. And if asked, don’t share any of your personal or bank details. Looking at the actual email address from which the messages have been sent will often reveal fakes: HMRC’s official email addresses will always end with ‘gov.uk’. If anything in the address comes after that, it’s a scam. It’s always worth treating any email or text you receive out of the blue with suspicion…

Continue to beware of fake texts purporting to be from mail and courier services such as Royal Mail, DHL, DPD etc. Some fraudsters continue to try to get access to bank accounts by enticing recipients of text messages to click on links to track parcels etc. If you have a parcel being delivered it is probably safest to use the courier’s website.

Keeping dogs under control: Hampshire Police are issuing stark warnings to dog walkers to ‘keep dogs on leads in rural areas or face possible prosecution’. This follows a number of incidents in East Hampshire where owners have been walking with dogs off lead and not under close control. They have then chased or attacked livestock and wild animals. In such instances, the owner/person in control of the dog can be prosecuted, and the dog can be shot by the farmer to end an attack. A recent incident led to a 61-year-old woman from London being issued with a £500 fine – payable to the farmer by means of compensation. The Police will be increasing their proactive patrols of hot-spot areas in a number of ways and are telling people walking their dogs in rural areas to:

  • “keep your dog on a lead or close control at all times, not just when in a field with livestock
  • if there is no livestock in the field, keep the dog in sight at all times, be aware of what it is doing, and be confident it will return to you promptly on command. If you cannot be confident of this, the dog should not be off the lead
  • ensure the dog does not stray off the path or area where you have right of access”.

For more information about the countryside code, see: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-countryside-code.

Only paper, pee and poo: Southern Water is worried about what people are flushing down local toilets and sinks. In recent years they have had some severe issues at the Buriton Waste Water Treatment Works with excessively high levels of Fat Oil and Grease which can cause their equipment to fail, leading to pollution in the nearby stream. Only paper, pee and poo should go down the loo (no cleansing wipes, cotton pads, ear buds, nappies, baby wipes or anything plastic) – and in the kitchen everyone should try to drain or wipe fat, oil and grease from pans and put them in bags and then into our bins (along with any leftover sauces, yoghurt etc which can also clog up the works). For more information see: www.southernwater.co.uk/keepitclear

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.

And, if you feel that you can offer any help, in any way, no matter how small you can also contact us via info@buriton.info 

As well as local help and information on this web-page people can also visit the EHDC website: https://www.easthants.gov.uk/support-people  The District Council is also encouraging everyone to ‘stay safe’ with a range of information and advice on its website, here.

If you go out, the most important thing is to keep two metres apart from anyone you do not live with, avoid busy areas, and wear a face covering over your nose and mouth, especially in shops and on public transport. You should also wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds.

Coronavirus still spreads fast. We must all still do our bit to minimise our chances of catching or spreading the virus. Please follow all the national measures and wash hands regularly.

Remember: Hands - Face - Space