CORONAVIRUS

Nether Stowey Parish Council Office remains closed to the public but we are still working

You can contact us by  e-mail to clerk@netherstowey-pc.gov.uk or phone: 01278 733779. Calls are diverted to the Clerk, but it takes a little longer to ring. If it is not answered please leave a message and one of us will call you back as soon as we can.

Somerset’s “one stop shop” helpline is still working – the number is 0300 790 6275

The Government announced a National Lockdown from 6 January:
Stay at Home

Summary: what you can and cannot do during the national lockdown

You must stay at home. The single most important action we can all take is to stay at home to protect the NHS and save lives.
You should follow this guidance immediately. The law will be updated to reflect these new rules. For more detailed information (from the Government’s website) please click this link

Leaving home

You must not leave, or be outside of your home except where necessary. You may leave the home to:

  • shop for basic necessities, for you or a vulnerable person
  • go to work, or provide voluntary or charitable services, if you cannot reasonably do so from home
  • exercise with your household (or support bubble) or one other person, this should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area.
  • meet your support bubble or childcare bubble where necessary, but only if you are legally permitted to form one
  • seek medical assistance or avoid injury, illness or risk of harm (including domestic abuse)
  • attend education or childcare – for those eligible

Colleges, primary and secondary schools will remain open only for vulnerable children and the children of critical workers. All other children will learn remotely until February half term. Early Years settings remain open.

Higher Education provision will remain online until mid February for all except future critical worker courses.

If you do leave home for a permitted reason, you should always stay local in the village, town, or part of the city where you live. You may leave your local area for a legally permitted reason, such as for work.

If you are clinically extremely vulnerable you should only go out for medical appointments, exercise or if it is essential. You should not attend work

Meeting others

You cannot leave your home to meet socially with anyone you do not live with or are not in a support bubble with (if you are legally permitted to form one).

You may exercise on your own, with one other person, or with your household or support bubble.

You should not meet other people you do not live with, or have formed a support bubble with, unless for a permitted reason.

Stay 2 metres apart from anyone not in your household.

Corona virus Support Helpline 03007906275

Previously …

We are hugely grateful to the (now) 38 members of the community who have so far offered their help. In the light of the Prime Minister’s announcements this evening (Monday) we are waiting for clarification as to what they may be able to do but IF YOU NEED HELP, PLEASE CONTACT US ON THIS EMAIL ADDRESS or phone 0744 403 2311 and we will try our best to help you. We are working with the Quantock Medical Centre and other agencies.

(As at 23 March 10.30pm)
The Government’s latest advice is available from the link above. There are now very strict rules on movement and congregation and YOU MUST FOLLOW THEM. PLEASE READ THEM HERE. They have not changed since 23 March.
Links to other key sites are above.

Please don’t hassle the Medical Centre. They are doing everything they can in a very, very difficult situation. They are as uncertain, worried as the rest of us and no doubt very tired after working flat out for so many days. Yelling at them or reducing them to tears will not make anything better.

Please read the NHS’s information for most up-to-date and reliable information here: NHS website. Only phone the 111 service if you cannot get help you need online.
Please stay away from the Medical Centre unless you absolutely need to be there – do not go there if you have a new cough or temperature to protect other patients and staff.

If you need (non-medical) help click here.
If you are able to help in the community please click here.

Previously…
What we can all do:
The single most important thing we can all do in order to slow down transmission of the virus is to promote good infection control. These are simple things we can all do to reduce the risk of respiratory and other infections such as seasonal colds and flu:

  • Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze. Then bin the tissue, and wash your hands, or use a sanitiser gel.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using public transport. Use a sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
  • Always wash your hands when you get home or into work
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are unwell.
IF YOU NEED HELP

We will try to help in practical ways where we can, such as collecting prescriptions from the Medical Centre etc. Please call the office on 733779.

You may get offers of help from neighbours who you don’t know. Mostly they will be genuine offers from concerned people in the community, but please be aware that there are already criminals taking advantage of the situation. Be very careful of giving your bank card or bank details to people you do not know and trust.

Home Care (as at Fri 13 March): Somerset County Council say they have well-rehearsed plans in place and continue to work closely to ensure their services continue and that their most vulnerable residents are supported during the outbreak. Further information will be made available when we get it.

VIRAL KINDNESS!

Please remember your neighbours, especially those who are elderly or vulnerable. Please check they are OK. Can you help them with shopping, collecting prescriptions etc? If you don’t know how to approach this – put this note through the door.
Can you help in the community – if you can spare some time, please contact the Parish Office on 733779 or email: clerk@netherstowey-pc.gov.uk. We are working with the Medical Centre on this: please contact us to avoid overloading their phone.