Stoke St Milborough Parish Council
Let’s get straight to the serious news.
We have been warned!
Numbers of positive Covid-19 cases have been on the rise for a few weeks now, and we’ve started to see restrictions coming in to play in some of Shropshire’s neighbouring urban areas such as Birmingham and Wolverhampton. The concerning rise initially seemed like it was affecting only the young but evidence from other countries now shows that infections are not staying just in the younger age groups, but are moving through the age bands.
Yesterday, the Government’s Chief Scientific Officer, Sir Patrick Valiance then warned that nationally we could “end up with something like 50 thousand cases in the middle of October per day”. Today the Prime Minister is due to announce further Government restrictions across the whole country.
The announcements are really an expression of concern. It’s not a time to panic. The important thing is to ask - what can we do about it and how can we avoid a further local lockdown in Shropshire?
There is a clear message here that we all have a part to play in limiting the spread of the coronavirus. We all have a role to play by following guidelines about hygiene and keeping safe. It’s always worth repeating:
HANDS – wash hands regularly and for 20 seconds,
FACE – wear a face covering within indoor settings where social distancing may be difficult, and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet.
SPACE – Stay 2 metres apart from people you do not live with where possible; or, if not possible, 1 metre with extra precautions in place.
‘The Rule of 6’ - only meet socially in groups of a maximum of six people, indoors or outdoors, unless you are gathering as a ‘household’ or ‘support bubble’ which is larger than 6,
Get tested if you have any symptoms. As you know, the symptoms of coronavirus include a high temperature, new continuous cough, and/or a loss or change in your sense of taste and smell.
As many of you will be aware, the Prime Minister laid out new measures yesterday to help combat the spread of Covid-19. These include:
· Pubs, bars and restaurants to close at 22:00 BST
· Pubs, bars and restaurants restricted to table service only
· People should work from home wherever possible
· Face masks compulsory for bar staff and non-seated customers, shop workers, waiters and taxi drivers
· Limit on guests at weddings reduced from 30 to 15
· Plans to allow fans to return to sporting events paused
· "Rule of six" now applies to indoor team sports
· Fines for not wearing masks or following rules increased to £200 for first offence
Find Stoke St Milborough Parish Council
Stoke St Milborough, Ludlow, Shropshire