Following the announcement on 22 February, the government has set out a COVID-19 roadmap to ease lockdown restrictions in England.
This four-step plan will be led by data regarding vaccines, infection rates and new coronavirus variants, to ensure a safe route back to a more normal way of life. The third set of rules changes were implemented on 12th April.
What does this mean for you?
From 12 April:
- non-essential retail can reopen
- personal care services such as hairdressers and nail salons can reopen, including those provided from a mobile setting
- public buildings such as libraries and community centres can reopen
- outdoor hospitality venues can reopen, with table service only
- most outdoor attractions including zoos, theme parks, and drive-in performances (such as cinemas and concerts) can reopen
- some smaller outdoor events such as fetes, literary fairs, and fairgrounds can take place
- indoor leisure and sports facilities can reopen for individual exercise, or exercise with your household or support bubble
- all childcare and supervised activities are allowed indoors (as well as outdoors) for all children. Parent and child groups can take place indoors (as well as outdoors) for up to 15 people (children under 5 will not be counted in this number)
- weddings, civil partnership ceremonies, wakes and other commemorative events can take place for up to 15 people (anyone working is not included in this limit), including in indoor venues that are permitted to open or where an exemption applies. Wedding receptions can also take place for up to 15 people, but must take place outdoors, not including private gardens
- self-contained accommodation can stay open for overnight stays in England with your household or support bubble
- care home residents will be able to nominate two named individuals for regular indoor visits (following a rapid lateral flow test)
- you should continue to work from home if you can and minimise the amount that you travel where possible
If you are clinically extremely vulnerable, you could be at higher risk of severe illness from coronavirus.
This group is advised to follow the guidance for people who are clinically extremely vulnerable and are advised to continue taking extra precautions to protect yourself. It is important that you continue to keep the number of social interactions that you have low and try to limit the amount of time you spend in settings where it is difficult to maintain social distancing.
Please note that there will be no provision of a government food parcel. If you are unable to have someone shop for you or obtain an online delivery, please call the Hartley Wintney Community Support Hub on 01252 842386, the Shopping Service on 01252 938715 (Mon or Fri am), Care Group on 0845 519 0855 or call Hampshire Coronavirus Help & Support line on 0333 370 4000.
Please call the Hartley Wintney Care Group on 0845 519 0855 or call Hampshire Coronavirus Help & Support line on 0333 370 4000.
You must not socialise indoors with anyone you do not live with, unless you have formed a support bubble with them, or another exemption applies.
You can meet up outdoors with friends and family you do not live with, either:
- in a group of up to 6 from any number of households (children of all ages count towards the limit of 6)
- in a group of any size from up to two households (each household can include an existing support bubble, if eligible)
Where can you meet?
- parks, beaches, countryside accessible to the public, forests
- public and botanical gardens
- the grounds of a heritage site
- outdoor sculpture parks
- public playgrounds
- outdoor sports venues and facilities
- outdoor hospitality venues
- outdoor attractions
You should maintain social distancing from anyone who is not in your household or support bubble, and hosts should follow fresh air (ventilation) guidance.
All schools, colleges and other further education settings are open for face-to-face teaching during term time. It remains very important for children and young people to attend, to support their wellbeing and education and to help working parents and guardians.
Rapid lateral flow testing is now available for free for everyone in England. It is recommended for all secondary school pupils and college students, their families and all school and college staff.
There is further guidance on what parents need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges during COVID-19.
For higher education students undertaking practical and practice based courses can now attend in person teaching and learning. All other students will continue with remote learning.
Who this guidance is for
You should follow this guidance immediately. This is the law. There is additional guidance for households with a possible or confirmed coronavirus infection.
If you are clinically extremely vulnerable you are advised to follow shielding guidance. We recommend that you do not attend work, school, college or university. You should limit the time you spend outside the home. You should only go out for medical appointments, exercise or if it is essential.
Latest government advice and information is available at http://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
Hampshire County Council and health partners monitor the Covid-19 outbreak and respond as required. Further information can be found at the Hampshire County Council’s website.
Reducing the spread
- Maintain strict hand hygiene measures at all times
- If you have a high temperature, new continuous cough or loose your sense of smell or taste, isolate for 14 days and get a Covid-19 test
- If you are in contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19 self isolate for 14 days
- Maintain two meters social distancing wherever possible
- Where two meters cannot be maintained e.g. in shops wear a face covering
- Those who are over 70, with an underlying health condition or are pregnant, are strongly advised to take special care for example limiting face-to-face interaction with friends and family. Full details of the latest advice for more vulnerable people is available on the government website
- The latest advice for travellers can also be found on the government website
- Government has produced specific guidance for employers and businesses including recommended actions, see the government website.
How are Parish Council Services affected
All Parish Council Community Events have been cancelled for 2020 and early 2021.
In line with recent Government announcements, all Parish Play Areas are open however extra care is advised when using the facilities such as regular handwashing / sanitising, maintaining appropriate social distancing and not consuming any food or drink during your visit.
Allotments, Burial Grounds & Open Spaces
We are advising all visitors and users to observe the social distancing guidelines and good hand hygiene practices whilst out and about. Sharing of equipment, benches and/or picnic tables with members outside of your household is currently not permitted. Please place any litter in the bin or take it home.
The Hartley Wintney Community Bus has currently suspended all passenger services. Please see the community bus page for more information.
Health & wellbeing support
Hampshire County Council.
If you have any concerns for yourself or others you are supporting, contact the Coronavirus Hampshire Helpline on 0333 370 4000. This Helpline is manned seven days a week, and will help Hampshire residents connect with the most appropriate local support for shopping, a reassuring phone call, or help with accessing a prescription delivery service.
HantsHelp4Vulnerable is a service for those who are shielding (or are otherwise considered vulnerable) who do not have the support of family, friends, neighbours or of their communities and are in need of help. Contact the helpline for HantsHelp4Vulnerable 0333 370 4000.
More information on help for the vulnerable in Hart can be found on the Hart District Council website
Whitewater Health Practice
Our local GP practice has a fantastic and supportive Patient Participation Group who are able to assist in signposting patients to the right support and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org. For all Patients who are part of the forst wave for COVID vaccinations, please follow this link to access the latest information.
Another key contact is Kirsty Fry – British Red Cross at Kirsty.email@example.com or 07834 335221.
For advice on any Financial Support, Council Tax, Hardship Fund, Business Rates and Support please visit https://www.hart.gov.uk/covid-19
Keeping in contact with Hartley Wintney Parish Council
In line with guidance, the Parish Office was closed to members of the public from 23rd March 2020. Parish Council employees are working from home where they can.
To contact the office call 01252 845152 or for the Community Bus 01252 849712 . The phones are covered between 9.00am to 1.00pm Monday – Friday. If there is no response please leave a message which will be responded to as soon as possible.
Alternatively you can contact us by email and we will respond to in due course;
General Enquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org
Community Bus: email@example.com
Face to Face Parish Council Meetings were cancelled from 23rd March 2020, however, provision has been made by Government for Councillors to hold virtual meetings either on line or by telephone.
These meetings are made accessible to the Public by phone or online.
Details and agenda’s will be published on our website with guidance on how to join online or by phone.
Do you know someone who is not online?
Can you help to share important information on how to receive help and support, as well as changes to our services during the COVID-19 outbreak?
If you know someone who is not online like a neighbour, friend or family member, we would greatly appreciate your help to pass on important information.