Update from NFDC 5/1/21 – Coronavirus, rough sleepers, council services and more
New coronavirus lockdown just announced
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has this evening announced tougher coronavirus restrictions in England from tonight (one-minute past midnight on 5 January 2021).
The new set of lockdown restrictions for England has been introduced to stop the current fast spread of coronavirus which has reached a record high.
The increasing pressure on the NHS means healthcare services are at risk of being overwhelmed.
You may now only leave home for limited reasons such as to shop for essentials, to work if you absolutely cannot work from home, to seek medical assistance such as getting a COVID test, or to escape domestic abuse.
You should follow this guidance immediately. The law will be updated to reflect these new rules.
Keeping to the lockdown restrictions, as well as reducing your social contact and continuing to follow hands – face – space, will save lives.
Stay home – protect the NHS – save lives
You must stay at home except for:
|· shopping for necessities for yourself or a vulnerable person
· going to work if you cannot work from home
· exercising locally once a day, alone, with your household or support bubble, or with one other person
· meeting your support bubble or childcare bubble where necessary
· seeking medical assistance, or to avoid injury, illness or risk of harm (including domestic abuse)
Primary schools, secondary schools, and colleges across England will close and move to remote provision from tomorrow, except for vulnerable children and the children of key workers.
Full lockdown restrictions and updates will be added to https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus and a summary is now available at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/national-lockdown-stay-at-home?priority-taxon=774cee22-d896-44c1-a611-e3109cce8eae
We are reviewing what this latest announcement means for our services.
|· Health and leisure centres are closed https://leisure.newforest.gov.uk/
· Information offices at Lyndhurst, Lymington, Fawley, New Milton, Hythe and Ringwood are closed https://www.newforest.gov.uk/article/1163/Information-offices
· Parking clocks (season tickets) can be bought on our website – they will be posted to the address supplied and should be received within five working days https://www.newforest.gov.uk/article/1388/Pay-for-parking
· Building control are continuing with external inspections (where access through a property is not required) and other inspections will be risk assessed to ensure the surveyors and the homeowners are not put at any risk.
Essential services, like waste collections, benefit payments and homelessness support continue, but please see https://newforest.gov.uk/coronavirus for any updates
and https://www.newforest.gov.uk/article/1162/Contact-us for how to get in touch.
Keep up to date at:
|· Website: https://newforest.gov.uk/coronavirus
· Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/newforestgov
· Twitter: https://twitter.com/newforestdc
Hampshire helpline 0333 370 4000 – for advice and support if coronavirus has had an impact on you or any aspect of your life.
The Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, the second vaccination to be approved in the UK, has started to be given across the country.
The vaccine, which has been through stringent safety checks and extensive trials, is our best defence against the virus and will help curb infections and then allow restrictions to be lifted.
The NHS is currently offering the COVID-19 vaccine to people most at risk from coronavirus. The vaccine is being offered in some hospitals and hundreds of local vaccination centres run by GPs.
It’s being given to:
|· some people aged 80 and over who already have a hospital appointment in the next few weeks
· people who live or work in care homes
· health care workers at high risk
The vaccine will be offered more widely, and at other locations, as soon as possible.
The NHS will let you know when it’s your turn to have the vaccine. It’s important not to contact the NHS for a vaccination before then.
Reporting a breach of coronavirus restrictions
If you are concerned that there has been a breach of restrictions you can contact Hampshire Constabulary at https://www.hampshire.police.uk/tua/tell-us-about/c19/tell-us-about-possible-breach-coronavirus-measures/
If you have concerns that Covid-secure measures are not being met by a business, we would recommend you raise this with the business at the time and, if you are not satisfied with the response, contact our environmental health team at email@example.com 02380 285230.
Disposing of waste if you’re self-isolating
If you have any symptoms of COVID19 you must self-isolate immediately and book a test.
The main symptoms are:
|· a high temperature
· a new, continuous cough
· a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
You must change the way you put out rubbish for collection if you are self-isolating due to coronavirus, because you have had a positive test result, have symptoms or have been told to isolate by NHS Test and Trace,
Please double-bag your personal waste (tissues, cleaning cloths) before putting them in your black sack. Wait at least three days before putting your sacks out for collection.
By taking these extra precautions, you can help keep our staff safe and our collection services running during this time.
There is more information on our website: https://www.newforest.gov.uk/article/1579/Coronavirus-waste-and-recycling-changes#h20
Financial support for those who have to self-isolate – read more and see if you are eligible: https://newforest.gov.uk/testandtracepayment
Cold weather advice
Icy conditions and cold weather are forecast this week.
Cold weather can make some health problems worse and even lead to serious complications, especially if you are 65 or older, or if you have a long-term health condition.
Please check on older neighbours and relatives, and those with heart or breathing problems, to make sure they are safe and well, and have stocks of food and medicines so they do not need to go out during very cold weather.
If you are concerned about someone, you can contact Hampshire County Council’s Social Care and Health team https://www.hants.gov.uk/socialcareandhealth
If you’re concerned the person may have hypothermia, contact NHS 111 or in an emergency call 999.
Keep warm and well:
|· keep following COVID-19 guidance and remember hands, face, space
· if you’re not very mobile, are 65 or over, or have a health condition, such as heart or lung disease, heat your home to at least 18° C
· keep your bedroom at 18° C all night if you can – and keep bedroom windows closed
· if you’re under 65, healthy and active, you can safely have your home cooler than 18C, as long as you’re comfortable
· use a hot water bottle or electric blanket to keep warm in bed – but do not use both at the same time
· have at least 1 hot meal a day – eating regularly helps keep you warm
· have hot drinks regularly
· get your heating system checked regularly by a qualified professional
· stay as active as you can – any exercise can bring health benefits
· get your flu vaccine
Help with heating costs:
|· See Hampshire County Council’s advice for people struggling to keep their homes warm https://www.hants.gov.uk/socialcareandhealth/adultsocialcare/coldspots
· Winter Fuel Payment – If you were born on or before 5 October 1954 you could get between £100 and £300 to help you pay your heating bills. https://www.gov.uk/winter-fuel-payment
· Cold Weather Payment – You may get a Cold Weather Payment if you’re getting certain benefits or Support for Mortgage Interest. https://www.gov.uk/cold-weather-payment
· See the government’s Simple Energy Advice website https://www.simpleenergyadvice.org.uk/ or call the Simple Energy Advice helpline on 0800 444 202.
Tell us about people homeless or rough sleeping this winter
Contact our homelessness team as soon as possible if you see, or know of someone, that you suspect is homeless or sleeping rough: on our website https://newforest.gov.uk/article/993/Help-for-homeless, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 023 8028 5222.