Coping with Corona Virus
The Parish Council is following Government guidelines in helping to reduce the risk of
spreading the Corona virus, Covid-19. The office building will be closed to the public
but whilst we are able, our part-time staff will be contactable by email and telephone
during our normal office hours, and our Parish Councillors, District Councillor and
County Councillor will support the community all they can during these difficult times.
The Parish Council has put up on the noticeboards outside the Parish Council Office
notices issued by the Government and NHS regarding keeping our community safe .
As we all know the Government plan to carry out a daily information giving session on
the television and there are constant updates on the radio, TV, and social media. More
stringent measures are to be expected. If you want to find our information electronically
for help including self-isolation, social distancing and shielding the vulnerable ;
employment and financial support; schools and education; businesses; travel
for guidance on protecting yourself and your family, particularly how to help those
friends and family who are high risk. NHS in England is writing to all those at
high risk by 29 March 2020. Contact your GP if you have one of the conditions
and you do not receive a letter
The Parish Council will endeavor to continue working as normal as possible over the
coming months. We are given to understand at the time of writing that the Government
is proposing emergency powers and that the statutory meetings such as the Annual
Parish Meeting and the Annual Meeting of the Council will be cancelled or deferred.
Alternative arrangements for the monthly Council and Committee meetings of Parish
Councils are also likely so please do keep an eye on the parish noticeboards near the
office and on the website.
How you can help
Protect yourself and others:
• wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
• always wash your hands when you get home or into work
• use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
• cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when
you cough or sneeze
• put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
• avoid close contact with people who have symptoms of coronavirus
• only travel on public transport if you need to
• work from home, if you can
• avoid social activities, such as going to pubs, restaurants, theatres and cinemas
• avoid events with large groups of people
• use phone, online services, or apps to contact your GP surgery or other NHS
• do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
• do not have visitors to your home, including friends and family
People self-isolating, high risk groups including those over 70 regardless of
medical fitness – please discuss your daily needs during this period of staying at
home with carers, family, friends, neighbours or local community groups to see
how they can support you.
Please visit gov.uk/coronavirus-extremely-vulnerable from Tuesday 24 March
2020 to register for the support that you need. This includes help with food,
shopping deliveries and additional care you might need.
Clerk – Bar Hill Parish Council