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Coronavirus Information

Posted on 19th March, 2020


UPDATE 23 Mar 20: UK Prime Minister announcement"... we will immediately: close all shops selling non-essential goods,​ including clothing and electronic stores and other premises including libraries, playgrounds and outdoor gyms, and places of worship; we will stop all gatherings of more than two people in public – excluding people you live with; and we’ll stop all social events​, including weddings, baptisms and other ceremonies, but excluding funerals. Parks will remain open for exercise but gatherings will be dispersed." (Transcript and BBC)


Can you volunteer to help NHS? Also, here is a website to find local volunteer groups but, please take the time to read their disclaimer, there are now thousands of local groups across the country shown, however unfortunately be aware that many are only on facebook although see more advice below.


"Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is a new strain that was discovered in 2019 and has not been previously identified in humans."


The following is some information on the Coronavirus (COVID19):

After careful consideration you may decide to volunteer to assist in your local communities, if so, please also review the approach taken by WSM Coronavirus Response Group on facebook (or see their website) with regards to your own and vulnerable people's health, safety, well-being, confidentiality and data protection issues, e.g."In order to safeguard both the vulnerable and volunteers unfortunately at this time we are only able to accept volunteers who are in possession of an in date DBS certificate and who are aged under 70 and have no underlying health condition that would mean you should be staying at home. Access to a vehicle is helpful If you are able to volunteer then please email your name, address, mobile number and a scan of your DBS to wsmresponse@outlook.com All information will be held in compliance with GDPR practices.". Alternatively see also Bleadon WI/Joint CV volunteer info here.


Finally, some businesses are opening early for elderly customers only e.g. "... some ... stores will open an hour earlier to allow the elderly to shop when it is quieter and to get first dibs on essentials amid the coronavirus outbreak" and others offering to "... open to the elderly and vulnerable the first hour of trading ... but will open for an hour longer so other shoppers do not miss out."


NB: There may be some buying restrictions E.g. to "... stop shoppers buying more than three of any particular food item" and some online food delivery services may be suspended e.g. "This temporary closure will allow [companies] to complete essential work that will help to make sure distribution of products and delivery slots is as fair and accessible as possible for all ... customers"




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Dear Chris and Jo

Thank you so much for getting back to me so quickly, this is incredibly helpful

Thank you again

Kind Regards