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Bidford-on-Avon Parish Council

Bidford-on-Avon Parish Council

Covid-19 Response

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BIG MEADOW PARKING FOR VEHICLES FROM 4 JULY

Vehicles may park on the Big Meadow from Sat 4 July, but with certain changes to ensure it remains as safe as possible.

These are the various notices that will be posted around the site:

ST JOSEPH THE WORKER CATHOLIC CHURCH

We eagerly anticipate re-opening for our first Mass which will be celebrated on Saturday 11 July at 5.30pm and Sunday 12 July at 11.00am.

We can seat 36 people with 1 metre plus safe distancing.

If you would like to attend weekend Mass it is essential that you email or phone Fr Garry and he will let you know if a place is available. If not, you will be top of the list for the following weekend. Please indicate if you are a doctor, nurse or carer and you will be given priority.

Email: father.garry@gmail.com
Phone: 01789 773291

Please do not come to church if you, or anyone from your household, is showing symptoms of Covid-19.

Please note that there will be no kneeling: please either stand or sit. Although hand sanitiser will be provided at the entrance, you are encouraged to bring your own to use prior to taking Holy Communion and at any other time you think necessary.

The church is open for private prayer on Thursday 9 and Friday 10 July from 10.00 to 11.00am.

From Thursday 16 July there will be weekday Mass each Thursday and Friday at 10.00am. There is no need to book for these Masses.

We look forward to welcoming you back.

BIDFORD LIBRARY RE-OPENING CONSIDERATIONS

Many of you will be aware that the Government’s next phase in the Covid-19 Pandemic is taking effect on Saturday 4 July 2020. This further 'easing' includes the re-opening of libraries 'subject to being Covid-19 safe'.

The Directors of BCL have attended meetings with Warwickshire Library Service as well as a webinar organised by Warwickshire Community and Voluntary Action (WCAVA) regarding how to risk asses the premises and ensure the safety of both volunteers running the library and its users.

It immediately became clear that, however much we wished to return to 'normality', we have to consider our duty of care to our staff, many of whom fall into the vulnerable category, which will make it very difficult, not to say impossible, to safely reopen the library on 4 July. This is supported by Warwickshire Library Services who do not envisage opening their public libraries any time soon though the online services are still in full swing.

The Directors will continue to monitor and risk assess the situation and advise you of any changes to our services.

In the meantime, we apologise for any inconvenience caused, thank you for your support and look forward to welcoming you in the future.

COVID-19 ADVICE FROM WARWICKSHIRE CC

SPORT ENGLAND: STAY IN, WORK OUT

Tips, advice and guidance on how to keep or get active in and around your home. Join the Movement and use #StayInWorkOut to share how you're getting active during this time.

PARISH COUNCIL STATEMENT ON THE BIG MEADOW: 12 MAY 2020

The Parish Council has carefully considered the implications of the Prime Minister’s statement made on Sunday evening and has come to the conclusion that, in essence, nothing has really changed.

Although people are now able to exercise more than once a day and are able to travel to a place of beauty to do so, it must still be with members of your household (yes, it is aware that it can meet with one other person not of the household) but it must continue to keep social distancing at all times. So 'Stay Alert, Control the Virus, Save Lives' still requires the Parish Council to ensure it minimises the risk of the virus spreading and continue to protect its local community.

The Parish Council is aware that these are tough measure: Councillors live in the village so they are also bearing the consequences but it must be done for the good of oneself and of others.

Therefore, the Big Meadow will continue to have pedestrian access only: this has been decided after consultation with the local police who agree it is the only way it can minimise the risk of too many people visiting at once.

The Big Meadow is a 26 acre of grassed area with a central path: this makes it difficult to ensure social distancing. Also, the new guidelines still mean that play areas and outdoor gym equipment should not be used or any other area with surfaces, such as the picnic tables. Likewise, the toilets will continue to be closed as social distancing is difficult and all surfaces would have to be sanitised after each use. Furthermore, the closed car park is a reminder to all that things are not normal at present and to act accordingly.

Please rest assured the Parish Council constantly reviews the situation but the safety and well being of its residents is paramount. The Big Meadow is open for exercise albeit not for parking.

CHILDREN AND FAMILY SUPPORT

Would you or someone you know benefit from parenting and behaviour management advice and support at this difficult time?

The family support line operates Monday to Friday from 9.00am to 4.00pm on 01926 412412.
Support is available regarding all aspects of parenting and family life.

Read more in the poster below.

CORONAVIRUS TESTING TO PROTECT THE MOST VULNERABLE

On Wednesday 29 March the the Government announced the further expansion of access to coronavirus testing to help protect the most vulnerable.

Anyone in England with coronavirus symptoms, who either has to leave home to go to work or is aged 65 and over, will now also be able to get tested.

Tests are available across the country. They can be booked immediately.

People can register at the testing portal using the link below.

WARWICKSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL SUPPORT FOR ISOLATED, VULNERABLE RESIDENTS

If you are isolated without support from family, friends or neighbours, we are here to help. We can help you with emotional, financial and practical support available in Warwickshire.

Read more on the WCC website at the link below:

COMMUNITY DELIVERY SERVICE

Bidford Parish Council has set up a food delivery support group for residents of Bidford on Avon Parish during the pandemic.

The service will provide deliveries of food and home essentials (eg. cleaning materials) to those in the vulnerable category who are self-isolating and have no other means of receiving food.

IF YOU CAN ORDER FOOD ONLINE PLEASE CONTINUE TO DO SO

The vulnerable are:

  • Those over the age of 70
  • Those with an underlying health condition
  • Those who are self-isolating because they, or a family member, are showing COVD 19 symptoms
  • Pregnant women
  • Those on universal credit or are cash only customers (more on how you can order later on in this notice)

TO ACCESS THIS VOLUNTEER DELIVERY FOOD AND HOME ESSENTIALS SERVICE:

Food Orders

Will be via Budgens (773352) and you can pay them by debit or credit card. If you only have cash a receipt for the cost of the food will be left with the delivered by a Bidford PC volunteer. You will then need to arrange payment to the Parish Council. The credit service will not include the purchase of alcohol or tobacco. Please note that any restrictions imposed by Budgens on the number of items that can be purchased will apply.

Delivery will be to your door but the volunteer will not come inside your home. They will not handle your cash or debit/credit cards.

PLEASE DO NOT PROVIDE YOUR CARD INFORMATION TO ANY VOLUNTEER

Please note that we cannot provide timed delivery slots but will aim to get food to you as soon as we can.

Orders to be placed on Mondays, Wednesday and Thursday before 12.00 noon and will be delivered on the day of order.

YOU CAN STILL ARRANGE DELIVERY OF YOUR PRESCRIPTIONS

Bidford Health Centre Bidford Pharmacy on High Street are both still accepting new people onto their prescription delivery service. This may change and they will refer you to the Parish Council – please contact the Clerk on 07718 628925 or email her at info@bidfordonavon-pc.gov.uk and a volunteer will collect and deliver the prescription.

TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF LIBRARY DUE TO COVID-19 SITUATION

Bidford Community Library will close from 2.00pm on Friday 20 March 2020 until further notice.

It is with regret that the Directors have taken this decision. This is to protect not only the general public, but also our volunteers, many of whom are in 'vulnerable' categories.

We hope that we will be able to re-open at the earliest opportunity and will, of course, keep the local public informed.

Please be assured that fines for overdue books will not be applied during the period of closure.

CORONAVIRUS ADVICE

There is a lot in the media currently about the Coronavirus which originated in China. The disease appears to be spreading rapidly with several confirmed cases in the UK. Government advice is that the risk to individuals in the UK remains low. This is a developing situation, which will continue to be monitored and, should the situation change, the Parish Council will keep you informed.

A range of agencies and organisations are working together through the Warwickshire Local Resilience Forum to ensure arrangements are in place to respond appropriately should cases of Coronavirus occur in the county.

If you think you may have Coronavirus and are worried about symptoms you have, or you have been in contact with someone at risk – telephone your GP or NHS 111. Don't go into your GP surgery. Stay home and follow your medical practitioner's advice. Let anyone you have been in contact know.

Prevention

To reduce the risk of catching the coronavirus all people should:

  • Maintain good hand and personal hygiene. Wash hands regularly with soap and water, or a disinfectant before handling or consuming food.
  • Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze. Then bin the tissue, and wash your hands, or use a sanitiser gel.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid sharing personal items.
  • Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms, or who appears unwell.

To reduce the risk of passing coronavirus to others, anyone with respiratory symptoms should:

  • Cover the nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing with a tissue or flexed elbow.
  • Use paper tissues only once and dispose of them carefully.

IF IN ANY DOUBT: TELEPHONE YOUR GP OR NHS 111 FOR ADVICE

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GOV.UK website

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