Coronavirus Information Hub

 


 

Latest News & Changes

Monday 14th June, 2021: 

As widely predicted, the 'final' relaxation of regulations / restrictions surrounding Coronavirus, due at the earliest for 21st June, has now been delayed ... tentatively until 19th July. The government will review though before that date. 

One change that will take place on Monday 21st June though is that the 'cap' on numbers attending a wedding ( or similar ) is removed. However, guests etc., will need to observe general 'social distancing' restrictions - such as no singing in a church, no dancing ( apart from the 'first dance' by the married couple ), masks must be worn when guests are moving about ( but can remove them when sitting down ) & general restrictions that might be obverved in, for example, a restaurant. For full detail, see the gov.uk web site.

Monday 10th May, 2021:

The UK government ( though changes only apply to England ) announced that from Monday 17th May, the 'Stage 3' relaxation in Coronavirus restrictions are confirmed. They are ... among others ...
* People can meet in groups of up to 30 outdoors.
* Six people or two households can meet indoors, with overnight stays allowed.
[ Social distancing with close family and friends will be a matter of personal judgement. But people are asked to remain cautious around close contact, like hugging. ]
* Up to 30 people can attend weddings, receptions and other "life" events ( but this restriction ends on 21st June ).
* Number of people who can attend a funeral no longer capped, but determined by the size of venue.
* Up to 30 allowed to attend a support group or parent-and-child group (not counting under fives).
* Care home residents allowed up to five named visitors, and more freedom for visits out of the home.
* Social distancing (and associated restrictions - e.g., mask wearing, screens, sanitising) will remain in place in social care, medical, retail, hospitality and business settings.
* Pubs/bars & restaurants able to open indoors - but seated service only - and other Covid-secure restrictions to be observed ( including Track & Trace ).
* Indoor entertainment such as museums, cinemas and children's (indoor) play areas can open.
* Theatres, concert halls, conference centres and sports stadia can all reopen - but with attendance limits relative to the size of the venue.
* Organised adult sports and exercise classes can restart indoors.
* Hotels, hostels and B&Bs can reopen.
* Face coverings no longer recommended in secondary schools for pupils.
* All remaining university students eligible to return to in-person teaching.
* Other relaxation surrounding internationsal travel etc: see gov.uk for full listing.

[ Stage four relaxations - to be confirmed ... now delayed until ( perhaps ) 19 July:

It's hoped all legal limits on social contact will be removed.
No legal limits on the number of people who can attend weddings, funerals and other life events.
Nightclubs will be allowed to reopen. ]

Tuesday 4th May, 2021:

The UK government ( but applies to England only ) have announced that from the 4th May care home residents will be able to leave their home for low-risk trips without having to self-isolate for 14 days afterwards. This allows for walks and garden visits with the isolation requirement which has been in force since last spring.
[entered: 01/05/2021]

Friday 9th April, 2021:

From 9th April, 'Rapid Flow Tests' are available to anyone (in England) who wishes to take part - without obvious symptoms(*). To find out more details, follow the " Get tested for coronavirus " panel near the top of the appropriate page on the NHS web site.
(* if you DO have symptoms then a different procedure applies - follow the link given).

Do YOU need help?

If you feel you need help the 'Contacts' section of this web page (below), has a listing of useful telephone numbers of those who can help. If you find difficulty contacting any of these organisations, please contact me via email.

Keep up to date with Dorset Coronavirus news

Public Health Dorset issue regular updates regarding the situation across Dorset Council area ( also Bournemouth - Christchurch - Poole / BCP ) and these can be accessed on their web site; the updates are usually issued on a Thursday or Friday & will open in a new browser window.

 

Sources

Here is a 'central' listing of some useful / reliable web sites that you can access - just click on the listing below: they will be kept under review ( let me know if they fail - I'll sort it soonest! ):

This first page/link is VERY IMPORTANT: it is the Dorset Council 'Community response resource'; it attempts to cover all aspects of supporting vulnerable / isolated people across the county: in particular, if you want to volunteer, are healthy & able, have a look at the entry " I want to help - who can I contact? ".

Dorset Council: " Dorset Together " - community response

Dorset Volunteering Centre: for individuals and organisations to register availability 

NHS main Coronavirus information page
UK Government source for essential background documents & advice
BBC Coronavirus information page
Dorset Council: latest news and advice

This is the Dorset-wide advice source for all matters relating to support for business, education & community facilities. This page also has useful links to reliable / official sources of further information.
- Dorset Council have published a " Dorset Council Local Outbreak Plan " and this can be accessed via this link.

And, if you're having difficulty understanding what the local regulations are ... the BBC have produced a useful application that will help out: just enter your postcode
Local rules - Covid-19 - in your area. BUT REMEMBER, if you move 'outside' your postcode area, say into Bournemouth or further afield, then the regulations may be different! There is now a gov.uk guide to the regulations - with a 'postcode' checker, available via the UK government link listed above.

Contacts

See the list of organisations below who can help at this time.

AgeUK have been playing a coordinating role across Dorset: from late summer, the main contact point for our area is now the " Bournemouth, Poole & East Dorset ( BPED ) " section: contact them on:

01202 530 530 ( main telephone number ),
01202 523 300 ( Information & Advice Line)
[ 9.00 am - 3.30 pm, Monday - Friday - out of hours you'll get an answering machine. ]
( opening hours updated 15/05/2021 )
or email enquiries@ageukbped.org.uk

Dorset Council's COVID-19 Response Hub is there if you don't have family, friends or other support network that you can call upon - there is a dedicated help line which can be reached at 01305 221 000 ( 8.30 am to 5.00 pm, Monday - Friday ), contact them via the on-line Contact Form on their 'Emergency Response' page

Citizens Advice are still active, but obviously with the current distancing restrictions, they are not able to offer 'face-to-face' advice / guidance & will be very busy. Call or email them as follows:
Dorset AdviceLine on 0800 144 8848 ( free call ) or as a back-up, 0344 411 1444 ( local call rates )
or ( for East Dorset ) email wimborne@eastdorset.cabnet.org.uk

Royal Voluntary Service are providing support from the large pool of volunteers across the country. If you feel you need support ( e.g., with shopping, collecting medication or other essential supplies ), then call 0808 196 3646 ( 8.00 am - 8.00 pm ) or contact them via their NHS Volunteer Responders web page. [ entry updated 20/02/2021 ]


Facebook links

Several local organisations are using Facebook extensively at this time to make information available: the list below can be used to access those sites if required.

Pinehurst Community Church
Spotted West Moors (community-based)
St. Anthony of Padua RC Church
St. Martin's United Reformed Church
St. Mary the Virgin Parish Church
West Moors Town Council