LATEST GOVERNMENT ADVICE VIA MP

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New Government support

As you may have heard, the Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced unprecedented support for businesses. This includes grants, loans and a wage guarantee for every employer – keep your staff on, and the Government will guarantee their wages at a rate of 80% (up to £2,500 per month).

There is additional support for the self-employed and charities too.  You can read the Chancellor’s speech HERE.

One simple portal
All the Government advice – on social distancing, how to self-isolate, all support for business – is now available in one place.

Please look here first – I am inundated with emails asking understandable questions.  The vast majority of people will be able to find the answers they are seeking right away by looking at this new portal HERE.

Shopping
Supermarkets are working hard and hiring extra staff.  Please only shop if you need to and only buy what you need – I am being contacted by NHS frontline staff who are ending their shifts and finding bare shelves.  PLEASE think of these people and stay home if you can.

Best wishes

Anne-Marie Trevelyan

VILLAGE HALL CLOSES

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As a result of the spread of Covid-19, and the measures we must adopt to slow its spread and ultimately defeat it, the Village Hall will be closed until at least the end of April. Most bookings made during this period have already been cancelled, and organisers of the remaining ones informed. Further information will be given on Lowick.Live.

This follows the closure of most other village halls in the area.

TRAFFIC FOR FEBRUARY

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Here is the summary for January 2020. The Police have not informed me of any spot speed checks during this period.
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In February the total number of vehicles recorded coming into Lowick from the East was 27,394 (well up from January’s 8,594) and from the West it was 56,972 (also well up from January’s 13,455).
There appears to have been several Diversions off the A1, see page 3 of the Summary Sheet on the PC website
In view of Covid-19, it will be interesting to see how the figures change in the months ahead.  Being an asthmatic, I hope that I will still be around to send them to you (my dark humour)!
Wishing you the best of health,
Phillip Hanson

COVID-19 ADVICE FROM MP

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Our MP sends advice on Covid-19

I know not everyone will have been able to watch yesterday afternoon’s briefing from the Prime Minister and the Chief Medical Officer.  I wanted to ensure you all have the relevant information, so we all are as informed as possible.

I will email again with any updates or changes to the advice.

Please do share these updates with anyone you think may not have access to the information.

What are our priorities?

Our priorities are to protect those most vulnerable to Covid-19 and ensure we keep as much pressure off the NHS as possible (including the 111 service) to enable our healthcare teams to focus on those who are struggling to manage the disease.

What is the new advice?

The new advice is that we should all be practising “social distancing” which means:

  1. Avoid contact with someone who is displaying symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19). These symptoms include high temperature and/or new and continuous cough;
  2. Avoid non-essential use of public transport, varying your travel times to avoid rush hour, when possible;
  3. Work from home, where possible;
  4. Avoid large gatherings, and gatherings in smaller public spaces such as pubs, cinemas, restaurants, theatres, bars, clubs;
  5. Avoid gatherings with friends and family. Keep in touch using remote technology such as phone, internet, and social media.
  6. Use telephone or online services to contact your GP or other essential services. Please do not contact NHS 111 unless who are struggling to manage symptoms at home.

What about the most vulnerable?

Those who are most vulnerable – those who are over 70, pregnant or have medical issues – should be doing all of the above and severely limiting their face-to-face contact with others for a period of at least 12 weeks.

There is full guidance on this, and which people are thought to be most vulnerable HERE. The guidance also tells you what do and how to manage.

What if I or someone in my family develops symptoms?

If you or anyone in your household develops symptoms (a fever OR a new continuous cough) you must all stay at home for a period of 14 days.  There is very detailed guidance on how to manage this and what to do if anyone else in the home develops symptoms HERE.

Please do not contact 111 unless you are unable to manage your symptoms at home. We need to keep the NHs resources available to those who cannot cope.

Why are schools still open?

At the moment, the best scientific advice is to keep schools open, which will be kept under review.  If your child develops any of the symptoms, they and you need to stay at home for 14 days.

What about support for employers and businesses?

The current guidance is HERE.  The Chancellor is making a further statement later this evening.

These new measures will be really tough, especially for those who are being asked to stay away from others for a long time.  We must do all we can to support each other, and maintain contact virtually where possible.  Please check on your neighbours and offer to help with groceries or collecting prescriptions.

Best wishes

Anne-Marie Trevelyan

MARCH 2020 SCHOOL NEWS

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Here are the newsletters for our first school, for March.

Newsletter 6.03.20

Newsletter 13.03.20

COVID-9 – ADVICE FROM HMG ABOUT THE VIRUS

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The present health situation has provoked a great deal of concern, and the media are reporting the hour by hour the news as they see it.

Advice from our own government is based on up to the minute scientific assessment, and hopefully takes an objective view that we can rely on – appropriate to the UK. Follow the link that has been shared with local councils below.

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