VILLAGE DIARY

VILLAGE DIARY

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) IN SAHAM TONEY

2nd April 2020 

 

We are using this page to keep you updated about Coronavirus (Covid-19) in Saham Toney

As at 9.00 am yesterday there were 180 cases of Coronavirus in Norfolk

Coronavirus related scams are on the rise.  For information on how to protect yourselves go to www.actionfraud.police.uk/covid19 

Concessionary Bus Travel is now free before 9.30 am but please do not travel unless you have to.

Konectbus are changing their timetables and reducing services. Their contact is feedback@konectbus.co.uk or 03300 539358

Bus service information can be found on the web sites below

Coach Services – https://www.coachservicesltd.com/2020/03/update-limited-timetable-from-30thmarch-until-further-notice/
First – https://www.firstgroup.com/norfolk-suffolk/news-and-service-updates/coronavirus-covid19-
service-information
Konectbus – https://www.konectbus.co.uk/coronavirus/
National Express – https://www.nationalexpress.com/en/help/live-service-updates
West Norfolk Community Transport – https://www.gtt-online.co.uk/news/2020/03/coronavirusupdate/

The upper limit for contactless card transactions has risen from £30 to £45.

The “social distance” is 2 metres (about 6 feet), more if possible. This is the minimum distance you MUST keep from other persons.

Starting from 8.30pm on Monday March 23, Britons will now only be able to leave their homes for four reasons.

  • Shop for essentials, as infrequently as possible
  • Exercise outdoors once per day, alone or with household members
  • Receive medical treatment or provide care
  • Travel to and from work, if it’s impossible to work from home

All gatherings of more than two people are banned except for members of your own family or household.

Police now have the power to issue on-the-spot fines of £60 (or more) to people meeting without good reason or to those refusing to go home when so instructed. Persistent failure to go home could result in arrest.

Pubs, restaurants, cinemas and cafes have already been closed down in an attempt to prevent people mixing with others and making non-essential journeys.

The Government has ordered all non-essential shops to close.  Food shops and pharmacies will remain open as will petrol stations, Post Offices,  banks and corner shops. Due to staffing problems at Shipdham Post Office, Saham PO has closed until further notice but will re-open as soon as the staffing problems are resolved.

The Government has announced isolation for those over 70 and for those with underlying health problems, this could be extended for 12 weeks

 The under 5s play area is closed because it is almost impossible to keep a group of 5 year olds at a distance of two metres or more from each other. The adult gym equipment at the WCCC has been closed as has the children’s climbing frame and slide. Please obey the signs on the equipment.  Parents, please tell your children to play safely and to keep the “social distance”.

In the meantime, you can all help everyone to avoid infection by following the Government guidelines. These include keeping 2 metres, about 6 feet (the “social distance”), or more,  from other people, this is vital in preventing the spread of this desease. Sneeze or cough into a tissue (then bin the tissue) and wash your hands throughly with soap and hot water, as many as 10 times a day.  Stay clean, stay safe. The virus is passed in water droplets exhaled from the mouth and nose. These droplets don’t travel far so keeping the “social distance” from others will help prevent the infection spreading.

You can walk your dog (but only once a day) and you must keep the “social distance” of at least six feet (or more) from other people.

Volunteers are being recruited to help the house-bound with shopping etc. The reponse has been good, there are volunteers in most parts of the village. They can be contacted, in the first place through the telephone numbers or email addresses below.

Breckland Council has created a new Community Support Hub Network which will seek to co-ordinate a team of volunteers to help some of the most vulnerable local people. This includes those who have been isolated but will need deliveries of medicines and food, people who would benefit from welfare phone calls, or simply to cascade updates on latest guidance within communities. It will be managed by officers from the council who are either community-focused as part of their day to day roles or have been redeployed from non-essential functions to boost the public-facing support available. The hub will also draw on the invaluable expertise of Voluntary Norfolk staff and other voluntary and other community setor partners. People who would like to volunteer – or who are volunteering already – can register online at https://www.voluntarynorfolk.org.uk/register-to-volunteer

As mentioned above, we are also recruiting a team to help those who are isolated in accordance with Government policy.  If you are able, and willing to help, please contact the following:-       Nick Creek. 01953 883075, 07941604240, creek.nick@gmail.com                       Jill Glenn. 01760 441738, 07774969681, jillglenn6@gmail.com.                          If you are elderly or with medical problems and would like someone to contact you please get in touch with the above persons. 

Please observe the guide lines, stay clean and stay safe and well.

Now wash your hands

 

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