Information from WCC regarding the Tier situation from Saturday, 19th December 2020
I am writing to inform you of the outcome of the latest Government review of COVID-19 tiers in Hampshire, as announced today. Please note that this decision is made by central Government, and is not a decision taken by Hampshire County Council.
The following local authorities in Hampshire will be moving to Tier 3 (Very High) from the beginning of Saturday 19 December 2020:
- Gosport Borough Council
- Havant Borough Council
- Portsmouth City Council
For information on the restrictions in Tier 3 (Very High) of local restrictions, please view the online guidance.
The remainder of the county remains in Tier 2 (High). The local authorities this applies to, are listed below :
- Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council
- East Hampshire District Council
- Eastleigh Borough Council
- Fareham Borough Council
- Hart District Council
- New Forest District Council
- Rushmoor Borough Council
- Test Valley Borough Council
- Winchester City Council
A reminder of the restrictions for Tier 2 (High), please view the online guidance.
We continue to communicate key messages to the public and local communities via social media and a range of other channels and mechanisms, and will be working closely with district communications teams in this regard.
The next review of COVID-19 tiers by Government is expected to be on Wednesday 30 December.Your support with cascading this messaging would be much appreciated – and thank you for everything you have done in this regard, to date.
Household Waste Recycling Centres - plea for only essential visits - 22nd May 2020
When the Household Waste Recycling Centres reopened, it was expected that the demand would to be high. However, long queues have been forming so residents are asked to only travel to HWRC’s if absolutely essential. If severe traffic disruption continues at individual sites, then consideration will be given as to whether the sites can stay open. If you can, please store your waste safely at home, and visit at a later date.
Anyone who has had COVID19 symptoms in the last 14 days, or who lives with someone who has been symptomatic in the last fortnight, should not travel to, or enter an HWRC. After this period, any COVID-19 contaminated waste should be double bagged and put aside
for 72 hours before being brought to a site.
The start date for the HWRC vehicle registration scheme has been postponed in light of theongoing Coronavirus pandemic. However, the online vehicle registration system remains open in readiness for implementation later this year.
NALC Covid-19 Update - 14th May 2020
NALC has updated its dedicated webpage on the coronavirus. This includes new government advice that comes into effect on 13 May. See the updates below:
The government has released updated guidelines related to the coronavirus. As ever, it is important to use official government advice to inform any actions or decisions, given the prevalence of unreliable news sources. On 11 May, the government released Our plan to rebuild: the UK Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy — this gives more detail of the new government guidelines that come into effect from 13 May.
NALC advice to local (parish and town) councils remains unaltered at this time. In particular, it's worth highlighting that local councils should not be holding meetings in person and wherever possible staff should work from home. Where there are roles that cannot be performed from home it is important to follow government advice for employers.
NALC will be analysing the detail further of the new documents and raising issues with the government based on feedback from councils.
This information forms part of a NALC's dedicated webpage on the coronavirus. It should not be used as a substitute for government advice, however, there are some practicalities specific to local (parish and town) councils where we hope this information will help you plan ahead and manage your risks. If you would like further advice and support on any of these topics for your local council then please contact your local county association. This is a fast-moving situation and we will be updating the webpage regularly.
COVID SYMPTOM TRACKER - 29th April 2020
Research is really important to help tackle this disease and the UK's leading charities, coupled with the Royal Medical Colleges, are looking for more volunteers to use the Cover-19 App. If you haven't already got it, it is really easy to download and even easier to report each day. Please help those who are trying to help us.
HOUSEHOLD WASTE RECYCLING CENTRES - 22nd April 2020
The Parish Council has been advised by our County Councillor that HCC will continue to review the re-opening of Household Waste Recycling Centres in line with Government guidance and in consultation with Hampshire Constabulary whose remit includes traffic management and potential public order implications when faced wit potentially high level demand for a restricted service.
FLY TIPPING - 22nd April 2020
Since the lockdown, there have been several media reports about increases in fly tipping nationally. Hampshire has seen a mix of fly tipping activity over the last few weeks since lockdown began. However, the data on fly tipped waste tonnages for the initial 3-week period of lockdown do not support the media reports. The data shows that fly tipping is the same as, or slightly less than the same period last year.
CORONAVIRUS STATUS CHECKER - 7th April 2020
The Government is encouraging people with coronavirus symptoms to use the new Coronavirus Status Checker which will help the NHS coordinate its response and build up additional data. This is an app easily downloaded and requires minimal daily input.
The Government has updated the guidance on access to green spaces to include advice on walking dogs in public areas. This is in addition to the advice for people with animals.
Support for vulnerable residents
The County Council’s coronavirus webpage, which signposts help to Hampshire residents most in need, has been updated to include information on support for those in financial difficulty. Information has also been added on the various ways to get involved to support the county’s response to coronavirus. Residents are asked to contact their local Council for Voluntary Service (CVS) in the first instance.
ANOTHER POSSIBLE SOURCE - 2nd April 2020
To date, we have concentrated on updates from Government or Local Authority sources. However, this has been forwarded from another resident and is for you to consider if you would like:
"In Sri Lanka, where to date they have done a good job containing the virus, this is considered an important factor. The virus can survive on rubber soles fo 2-3 days."
We obviously have no wish to spread rumours or scare-monger, but in these testing times some things are worth consideration.
UPDATE FROM WINCHESTER CITY COUNCIL - 1st April 2020
WCC now has a local response centre and from Tuesday, 31st March, Hampshire County Council will have a call centre aimed specifically at individuals who require shielding (i.e. the group of people who were previously defined as 'vulnerable' and have, or will have, received a letter from the Government notifying them that they fall into that category).
The contact details are 01962 848060 or firstname.lastname@example.org
ALSO: The Community Development Officer - Winchester has provided us with the following for those who are vulnerable and in urgent need:
HCC Hub: 0333 370 4000 - Hantshelp4vulnerable
Community First: 0300 500 8085 - email@example.com
It is a triage system and enquirers are asked to start with HCC and their call will be dealt with by HCC or passed down the line
Food Parcels: This from the HCC website regarding the food parcels:
We will do our best to keep this information as up to date as possible following the daily bulletins from No. 10 at this extraordinary time. You will also find information in this section of our brilliant volunteer group - don't be afraid to use them, they are waiting for your call. Also attached is a list of suppliers who are currently either providing a delivery service to the village or a take-away service. If you know of any other organisations that would be useful to add, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
STAY AT HOME TO STOP CORONAVIRUS SPREADING
Everyone must stay at home to help stop the spread of coronavirus. The following are the only reasons you should leave the house for:
- Shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequently as possible
- one form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle - either alone or with members of your household
- any medical need, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person
- travelling to and from work, but only where this absolutely cannot be done from home
The above 4 reasons are the exceptions - even when doing these activities, you should be minimising the time spent outside of the home and ensuring you are 2 metres apart from anyone outside of your household.
HOW TO STOP INFECTION SPREADING
- wash your hands with soap and water often - do this for at least 20 seconds
- use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
- wash your hands as soon as you get back home if you have left the house for any of the above reasons
- cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
- put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
- DON'T touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
We are living in unprecedented times. Our lives are being turned upside down, schools shutting, parents struggling to juggle work and home life, business scrambling to protect their employees whilst safeguarding their very futures. HUGE thanks must go to those putting themselves in harm's way in the care sector, and any inconvenience we experience is small when we consider those who are going above and beyond in trying to keep us safe and keep us supplied with what we need. We are so lucky to be living where we do and thankful for our community spirit and community support.