Monday 4th January, 2021: With the rapidly rising number of Covid-19 infections and the alarming rise in admissions to hospitals around the country, England, along with many of the other nations of the UK, will return to near-full 'Lockdown'. You should follow the guidance immediately ( summarised below ) and it will put into law with effect from Wednesday 6th January. More detail will be posted below as available. In the meantime, see the gov.uk web site where more information is available. That link has much information, including guidance on shielding, how these changes affect education settings, etc.
Key Points ( from gov.uk web site as linked above ):
... You must stay at home unless covered by exemptions as listed. You must not leave, or be outside of your home except where necessary. You MAY leave home to:
> shop for basic necessities, for you or for 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.
> you may meet your support bubble or childcare bubble ( see guidance for definitions ) where necessary, but only if you are legally permitted to form one.
> you may seek medical assistance or avoid injury, illness or risk of harm ( including domestic abuse ).
> you may attend education or childcare where eligible ( see guidance for full regulation ).
... Colleges, primary and secondary schools will remain open ONLY for vulnerable children and the children of critical workers: all other childrens will learn remotely until ( at least ) the February half-term holiday ( nominal restart after half-term is Monday 22nd February ). Early years settings will remain open.
... Higher Education provision will remain online until mid-February (at the earliest) for all except future critical care worker courses.
... If you clinically extremely vulnerable you should only go out for medical appointments, exercise or it it is essential. You should not attend work.
IF YOU DO LEAVE HOME FOR A PERMITTED REASON, YOU SHOULD STAY LOCAL IN THE COMMUNITY WHERE YOU LIVE: HOWEVER YOU MAY LEAVE YOUR LOCAL AREA FOR A LEGALLY PERMITTED REASON, SUCH AS WORK, ATTENDANCE AT HOSPITAL, TO GET A COVID TEST ETC.
Wednesday 4th November: If you are classified as " Clinically Extremely Vulnerable " ( to Coronavirus ), then you can register to get access to priority supermarket deliveries, ask someone to contact you about local support that's available and update your details as required: you can register on your own behalf, or on behalf of someone else (e.g., a relative who lives some way away): use the links on the gov.uk web site to get more information and register for support.
Wednesday 4th November: list at the bottom of this page of some local shops / services that can .. on a 'best endeavours' basis .. home deliver if you can't get out and about.
Tuesday 3rd November: ST. MARY'S COMMUNITY SUPPORT TEAM RE-ESTABLISHED!
the first lockdown in March 2020, St Mary's Parish Church formed a
Community Support Team offering to get shopping or prescriptions for
those who were (then) shielding. Although 'formal' shielding is not
being advised this time around, there will be folk who will have
difficulty with the renewed restrictions. The Community Support Team is
back up and running and available to help. If you require assistance
please contact the Team Co-ordinator John Reid on 01202 861 533. ( This information added to the 'Contacts' section below. )