Coronavirus COVID-19 Updated 17/04/2020
Published: 17 April 2020
On this page you will find all the latest update with the newest information at the top.
CORONAVIRUS – EASTER WEEKEND
People should follow the government's coronavirus rules and stay home over the Easter weekend
The UK is just beginning to see the stay at home strategy starting to work and people needed to stick with it.
Temperatures are forecast to reach 25C (77F) in some parts of the country, according to the Met Office.
Some police forces have warned of a crackdown on people flouting the rules.
Staying at home is not how any of us planned to spend our Easter weekend, many people had hoped to see family and friends, but we won't be able to do any of those things. We'll have to stay at home and the reason why we're having to stay at home is in order to protect the NHS and save lives.
Since the measures were brought in on 23 March, people have been told they can only leave the house for four limited reasons: shopping for basic necessities; one form of exercise a day; any medical need and travelling to work if you cannot work from home.
Please find below details of three common scams that are currently being used during this current climate:
- Text messages advising the recipient that they have been fined £35 for not adhering to social distancing measures. Click on link where you enter your details.
- Text messages to advise the recipient that are due to tax refunds due to the Covid-19 employment furlough measures. Click here to this website…..
(Both have Gov.UK logos and therefore look official)
- Door to door rogue traders offering huge discounts during this period. Not only do they not do a job well or in fact one that is even needed but they are putting others at risk who may be self-isolating, are vulnerable to underlying health issues etc.
The advice given was to adopt the ABC approach:
A – never Assume this is legitimate
B – never Believe this is genuine
C – always Confirm trusted source before taking action.
Funding to Address the Impact of COVID-19
Firstly, the Grants Online team hope you are all well and bearing up in these difficult times.
Since our last email there have been some important updates with regards to funding being made available to help with the impact that COVID-19 is having on local communities and organisations that are helping local people.
Some of the updates include:
- The Mayor of London has joined City Bridge Trust and London Funders to launch the first wave of the London Community Response Fund. Grants of up to £10,000 are available to local groups to provide food and essentials to London's most vulnerable groups.
- The Charities Aid Foundation has launched its Coronavirus Emergency Fund. This will provide grants of up to £10,000 to charities, social enterprises and other community groups to help them to continue to deliver much needed support to within their communities.
- A number of additional Community Foundations have now launched funds to help local organisations and people affected by Covid-19.
- The UFI Charitable Trust, a grant-funding body, focussed on delivering an increase in vocational learning, is making grants of between £10,000 and £25,000 available to help training providers move towards remote learning. Applications close on the 6th April 2020.
We are working hard to keep everyone updated with the latest information and if you are aware of any funding schemes not listed on our page please let us know by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
To access the list of funds available please go to: https://www.grantsonline.org.uk/coronavirus.html
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Coronavirus – Guidance on access to green spaces
Guidance on using green spaces and protecting yourself and others.
Published 27 March 2020
From: Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, Forestry Commission, Environment Agency, and Natural England
People walking through green space.
The government’s priority is to save lives and the best way to protect yourself and others from illness is to stay at home.
However, exercise is still important for people’s physical and mental wellbeing, so the government has said people can leave their homes for exercise once a day.
Please use the following guidance in order to stay safe:
- stay local and use open spaces near to your home where possible – do not travel unnecessarily
- you should only go outside alone or with members of your own household
- keep at least 2 metres apart from anyone outside your household at all times
- gatherings of more than two in parks or other public spaces have been banned and the police will enforce this
- if you have a garden, make use of the space for exercise and fresh air
- take hygiene precautions when you are outside, and wash your hands as soon as you are back indoors
Please see the latest government guidance on social distancing.
Please be aware that if you are experiencing symptoms of coronavirus illness (COVID-19) or at risk of severe illness if you catch coronavirus, then you must stay at home. See the latest guidance from Public Health England.
Age UK Sevenoaks & Tonbridge, Old Meeting House, St John’s Rd, Sevenoaks, TN13 3LR
Tel: 01732 454108
Please visit https://www.ageuk.org.uk/sevenoaksandtonbridge/our-services/information-and-advice/downloads/ for the latest version of our Coronavirus information pack.
Please check the contact details for your parish/town council (pages 7-10) and let me know if we need to make any amendments. We are generally referring people via Sevenoaks District Council or Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council. However if there are local initiatives on your patch that you’d like us to mention, please let me know with their contact details so that people have the widest possible options of getting help. Any other amendments or additions are also welcome.
Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council has a dedicated community support helpline and webpage for those in shielded medical isolation and those who are vulnerable from Covid-19. The webpage advising of the services being provided is now live
Paddock Wood Community Advice Centre - Covid-19 Coronavirus
We are following the UK Government’s guidance on social distancing, which applies for everyone in the UK. As a result, we regret that we are no longer able to offer a face to face advice service for the time being. This applies to pre-booked appointments as well as drop in clients. We believe this is an essential measure to protect our clients and our volunteers.
If you have an appointment, one of our advisers will be in touch to rearrange and this will take place over the phone or via email.
We will continue to operate our essential advice service from Monday to Friday and our offices will be opened each morning to enable us to pick up emails, post and telephone messages.
In the meantime, if you need advice, please:
Further advice about Coronavirus is available on the UK Government website at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-social-distancing-and-for-vulnerable-people/guidance-on-social-distancing-for-everyone-in-the-uk-and-protecting-older-people-and-vulnerable-adults
We look forward to welcoming you back as soon as we can.
Update from Citizens Advice in North and West Kent
As the outbreak of Coronavirus (Covid-19) and associated measures continue to develop, we wanted to reassure you that we at Citizens Advice in North and West Kent remain committed to supporting those in our community in need of vital advice - particularly at this time when there is so much worry for people about what the measures mean for them.
Whilst this is a fast moving situation which we are monitoring closely, we have been working hard to find ways of continuing to support our clients and deliver a high quality service, whilst also prioritising the health and wellbeing of our volunteers, staff and members of the public.
As of Monday 23rd March we will suspend our face-to-face advice service, however we have been busy increasing our capacity to deliver telephone advice through our Adviceline service, and are confident that we will be able to offer the same level of advice over the telephone. Our website will be kept updated and we will use our social media channels to keep our local communities informed on how to contact us.
Citizens Advice Tonbridge & Malling Temporary Changes to Advice Services
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Age UK have put together a 5-minute video for people volunteering during Coronavirus:
Thank you everyone for all you wonderful offers of support which have been flooding into us over the past few days.
We now have 27 volunteers with coverage in the following roads:
We are continuing to take volunteer forms but we need now to know those who need help so that we can start helping our community during this unprecedented time.
East Peckham Parish Council has joined community efforts to look after the most vulnerable in our society by volunteering to pick up shopping, deliver medicine and even offer music lessons to defeat boredom. Despite some concerns raised over the safeguarding of the elderly, we want to help our neighbours in self - isolation and boosting morale.
People who feel capable of helping those in need register as volunteers. Homes are then leafleted with information about what help is on offer as well as contact details including a telephone number and a message of hope and support. Those in self-isolation can then request the help.
Below we have prepared some information on -
Let us all do our bit to help each other in this challenging of circumstances.
To our wonderful East Peckham community -We wanted to let you know that you are in our thoughts, and hope that you and your loved ones remain healthy and safe as we go through this trying period together. Just as I’m sure you are doing your part to take all necessary precautions to protect those around you, we’ve also taken numerous steps to help you.
We’ve always taken pride in the fact that an important purpose of East Peckham Parish Council is to provide leadership in the community and its times like this that cause all of us to reflect and reminds us how fortunate we are to live and work in East Peckham. The Parish Council will never take this special relationship for granted and know that we’re always with you…whether that is in the Parish Office, on Facebook or on our website.
EPPC – Public Information
East Peckham Parish Council has updated our public position on coronavirus and steps the council is taking. This includes:
- Notification that our Planning and Transportation Committee Meeting scheduled to take place on 06 April 2020 has been cancelled.
- Our next schedule meeting is due to take place on 20 April 2020. A decision will be made in early April whether this and subsequent meetings need to be cancelled until further notice
- A decision will be made in early April on whether the Annual Parish Meeting currently scheduled to take place on 27 April 2020 is to be postposed
- Urging the public not to visit council offices unless essential and to instead carry out transactions online (or by phone/email)
We will also be using our social media channels to push these messages and direct people to TMBC’s help page.
Should you have any questions concerning our public position, please do get in touch with me or any of my councillor colleagues
TMBC PUBLIC INFORMATION
Following a meeting of the TMBC Management Team this morning we have updated our public position on coronavirus and steps the council is taking. This includes:
- Notification that all council/committee meetings are cancelled until further notice
- Urging the public not to visit council offices unless essential and to instead carry out transactions online (or by phone/email)
We have set up a dedicated web page to promote the latest health advice from the NHS and Public Health England and also to provide details of any changes to the delivery of council services.
We will also be using our social media channels to push these messages and direct people to this page.
Parish councils and councillors may receive enquiries from members of the public on this topic. Please do direct people to the webpage as a source of latest national advice and any changes to council services. Should you have any questions concerning our public position, please do get in touch with me or my colleagues Debi Rice and Sally Seal (Debi.Rice@tmbc.gov.uk Sally.Seal@tmbc.gov.uk)
Head of Communications
Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council
Have you tried contacting us at https://www.tmbc.gov.uk/do-it-online
Coronavirus Update 12 March 2020
EPPC is are aware of the concerns regarding a number of recorded cases of COVID-19 in the UK and understand the disruption already caused by the virus across the UK and Ireland.
Regular users and visitors to the East Peckham Jubilee Hall should be assured that EPPC is well-prepared for these types of incidents and will remain vigilant, monitoring progress on an ongoing basis, reviewing the situation in light of any emerging information and Government advice surrounding the virus.
EPPC would like to reassure users and visitors attending events taking place as scheduled that their health and safety is of paramount concern. To this end, enhanced health and safety measures are in place. These include:
- Increased cleaning and disinfection programme across all high-volume touchpoints, e.g. catering areas, surfaces, handrails, WCs, entrances/exits, etc.
- Adjustments have been made to cleaning/sanitising materials and products, which have demonstrated effectiveness (>99.9% inactivation) against Coronavirus strains from the same family as the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in third party laboratory testing.
- Retaining accurate and detailed records of all contractors and suppliers that have visited the venue.
- Awareness campaign on public information boards on standard personal preventative measures, e.g. personal hygiene, frequency of use of sanitising/disinfection products, etc.
- Installing additional signage onsite reminding attendees of hygiene recommendations.
EPPC urges all users and visitors to implement appropriate guidelines and protocols as suggested by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and other health authorities to contain and mitigate against any further spread of the virus. The health and safety of our regular users, visitors and staff are of paramount importance.
We advise all organisers to exercise due diligence in managing their events. Our recommendations are:
- Follow all advice as issued by the Public Health Agency.
- Advising people who may have travelled from ‘red zone’ countries to strictly follow WHO guidelines.
- Communicating advice to all attendees to adopt a ‘no-handshake policy’.
- Accurate attendee lists should be kept on file and include contact details should communication be necessary
- People who plan to travel should check the travel advice at www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus.
EPPC take the safety of all our customers and visitors very seriously and we are actively ensuring that we follow all recommended guidelines from the Public Health Agency.
KCC Public Health Media statement: Second Coronavirus case confirmed
- Kent County Council is working in close partnership with all organisations to ensure health and social care systems are prepared for further increases in the number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases, following the announcement of a second case in Kent.
The second person is connected to the first case which was announced on Monday – a man who had returned from Italy.
Following the publication of the national Action Plan, all organisations in Kent and Medway are looking closely at their own business continuity plans and how these can be adapted as the situation develops.
To ensure the health and social care system is prepared to respond to all eventualities, the NHS and local authorities have plans in place to ensure people receive the essential care and support services they need. Plans are flexible ranging from a mild, low impact on services, through to a severe prolonged impact. All social care providers are required to have business continuity plans in place so that in the event of any emergency, services continue for our clients, with emphasis on our most vulnerable people.
Social care staff and providers are also receiving the national Public Health England guidance including information on what to do if someone in the setting has contact with a confirmed case. In these cases, the person affected will be asked to self-isolate and they will be actively followed up by Public health England’s Health Protection team which will also provide advice on cleaning.
KCC is ensuring that schools, children’s centres, libraries and other public community settings including early years, are also being regularly reminded of the national guidelines. We are aware that some schools have taken the decision to self-isolate pupils or teachers, even if they are not showing symptoms, as a precaution but this is a matter for the headteacher.
Director of Public Health for Kent Andrew Scott-Clark says: “The work Kent County Council has been carrying out with Public Health colleagues and Kent Resilience partners means we have very well-developed plans in place to deal with whatever comes next.
“I firmly believe that we should be calm and proportionate in our response. I am asking all Kent residents to keep washing their hands, be aware of personal hygiene and think carefully about the things you can do to minimise the spread, such as catching coughs and sneezes in tissues and then disposing of those tissues. This is the best thing we can all do to slow the spread of the virus.
We anticipate an increase in numbers which is why our services have planned for, and are ready, for this situation.
I’d like to reassure people that the risk to the general public remains low and that we continue to work with health colleagues and partners to do everything we can to stop the virus spreading and ensure the people of Kent are protected.”
At Kent County Council, we are engaging with our own staff and provider services to ensure they are aware of the latest national guidelines at www.phe.gov/uk/coronavirus. We would like to reassure people that the risk to the wider public remains low and you can only catch it if you have been close to someone who has the virus.
The national guidance stresses that if you have travelled to an affected area recently, or have been in close contact with someone who has, and you think you may have symptoms, the advice is to self-isolate at home, avoid public transport and call NHS 111 for the next steps or use the online NHS 111 service at https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19.
You can find more information at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus Do not go to hospital or your doctor’s surgery.
We have been advised that there is no need to do anything differently in any care setting at present. If any staff do become infected through travel to affected countries, they will be contacted by the local Health Protection Team to take them through a risk assessment for your particular setting. Health Protection Teams are part of Public Health England and will provide advice and guidance on infectious disease and non-infectious environmental hazards, manage and control outbreaks of infectious disease in the community and are a source of expert advice on new infections.
The main message remains that all residents and staff should consider basic hygiene advice to help prevent the spread of coronavirus and other infections such as flu
Further to my e-mail yesterday, please see the following update below from Public Health England for 5 March and the attached Public Health England Useful Links paper:
Update – 17:00hrs 5 March 2020 - Novel coronavirus (COVID-19)
Kent Association of Local Councils
Tel 01304 820173
Further to my e-mail yesterday, please find attached the following update from Public Health England for 4 March:
- The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has confirmed that as of 9am 3 March a total of 13,911 people have been tested in the UK, of which 13,860 negative and 51 positive. DHSC will be publishing updated data on this page on a daily basis at 2pm until further notice. Please note, there was an error in today’s tweet that named Kent as one of the areas where there is another case – this is not correct – there remains only one case in Kent, which was announced yesterday.
- Today (3 March) the Government launched the official COVID-19 Action Plan and the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock, made a statement to Parliament.
- Make sure you regularly check the Campaign Resource Centre for the latest available materials.
- DfE has set up a helpline offering guidance for anyone with education related questions.
- Once we become aware of a confirmed case, PHE comms will develop a joint statement with the relevant local authority to issue to media (see Kent example attached). Ideally, this will be issued by the local authority and media interviews will be handled by the Director of Public Health. This statement can be released after the CMO has officially announced the case (on the DHSC Twitter feed), which usually happens daily at 2pm and names the county where the cases are from.
Below is from the Director of Public Health at Kent County Council regarding local implications arising from the coronavirus outbreak. Additionally, KCC would be grateful if you could action the following in relation to ensuring consistent messaging to the public:
- Provide information on your public facing websites as to where the public can access information on Coronavirus (COVID-19). Nationally the recommendation is to point to the NHS website.
- Also highlight for people who think they might have symptoms to point to the NHS 111 on line questionnaire page
- Consider providing a page on further advice and guidance as per the Kent County Council website
- Repeat this for staff and share the Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance for employers and business, transport sector etc.
- Promulgate the infection control messages to ensure posters are displayed on infection control in public facing areas.
We will provide you with any further updates from Kent County Council and Public Health England.
Kent Association of Local Councils
Tel 01304 820173