Coronavirus Information

Posted on 19th March, 2020




Beware of COVID19 scams


UPDATE 04 APR 20: Downing St COVID19 letter sent to all households with advice - "Coronavirus Stay at Home to Protect the NHS" page1, pages 2&4, pages 3&8, page 5 and pages 6&7.


UPDATE 26 MAR 20: The following Legislation came into force at 1pm 26 Mar 20 - The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020. "The Secretary of State must review the need for restrictions and requirements imposed by these Regulations at least once every 21 days, with the first review being carried out by 16th April 2020." UPDATE 14 APR 20: "Lockdown will stay in place until at least May 7" (16 APR TranscriptThe Times)


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 All information will be held in compliance with GDPR practices.". Alternatively see also Bleadon WI/Joint CV volunteer info here and comments below.


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"


NB: There has been some national confusion over gardeners and window cleaners.




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Just to let you know that after the W.I. did a hand written letter to every house in Bleadon and Bleadon Hill, I have formed a group of 35 volunteers in a WhatsApp group.
I have divided the village into 11 areas (all with a similar number of homes) with 3,4 or 5 people who are responsible for an area.
We have a Bank Account that enables our volunteers to buy Shopping, Prescriptions etc with their own money. The group financier then reimburses them. Thars so no cash or cheques are exchanged. This, combined with no contact within 3 meters ensures safety for both parties.
We have a list of over 30 households in Bleadon and Bleadon Hill where people are elderly, have health conditions or just isolating.
Can you add my details on blog for either people requiring help or offering help.
Dear Chris and Jo

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

Thank you again

Kind Regards