CORONAVIRUS – HELP IF YOU NEED TO SELF-ISOLATE
The spread of Coronavirus (Covid 19) will present difficulties for many in Albury Parish. Albury Parish Council is working with people and organisations to provide help and information to support our community.
Help your neighbour We support the post card initiative. If you are willing and able to help your immediate neighbours, then please complete a postcard enclosed and post it through their letterbox. You can post to one or more neighbours and print off additional copies from the Albury Parish website www.alburyparish.info and St Peter & St Paul’s Church website www.alburychurches.org Please keep your distance (minimum 2 metres) and use hand sanitiser.
If you need help - If you don’t receive a post card but need help or if you feel isolated or lonely then please phone the community support helpline on 07496 065349 and we will do our best to connect you to someone who can help. We can’t provide medical advice.
Volunteers - If you are able to spare time to help those self-isolating then please send an email with your details to CSplanCV@gmail.com In doing so you consent to us holding your details and passing them to a parishioner in need of help.
Albury Village Stores food deliveries - Albury Village Stores can deliver a wide range of fresh food produce, drinks delicious ready meals and much more. To place an order please call Nik on 01483 203727. He aims for a same day delivery service for orders placed by 12 noon. Payment is via credit or debit card over the phone. Delivery is free but there is a minimum order value of £15. Delivery is to the door only to minimise contact.
Albury Post Office will be open as usual for post office transactions and deliveries. Please contact them directly on 01483 202123 if you need help.
Updates We will be posting updates on the Albury Parish Council website www.alburyparish.info
Remember Coronavirus is highly contagious. Please take every precaution to ensure you are only spreading kindness! Avoid physical contact (2m distance). Wash your hands regularly and leave any items on the doorstep.
Albury Parish Council
Food Banks are operating as normal - Donations can be left at the Post Office or Albury Church.
Government Guidance on Business/Premises opening information
As a country, we all need to do what we can to reduce the spread of coronavirus.
On 23 March the government stepped up measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus and save lives. All businesses and venues outlined in the table below must now close.
Takeaway and delivery services may remain open and operational in line with guidance below. Online retail is still open and encouraged and postal and delivery service will run as normal.
Employers who have people in their offices or onsite should ensure that employees are able to follow Public Health England guidelines including, where possible, maintaining a 2 metre distance from others, and washing their hands with soap and water often, for at least 20 seconds (or using hand sanitiser gel if soap and water is not available).
Parks will remain open but only for individuals and households to exercise once a day. Communal spaces within parks such as playgrounds and football pitches will be closed.
1. Work carried out in people’s homes
Work carried out in people’s homes, for example by tradespeople carrying out repairs and maintenance, can continue, provided that the tradesperson is well and has no symptoms.
Again, it will be important to ensure that Public Health England guidelines, including maintaining a two-metre distance from any household occupants, are followed to ensure everyone’s safety.
No work should be carried out in any household which is isolating or where an individual is being shielded, unless it is to remedy a direct risk to the safety of the household, such as emergency plumbing or repairs, and where the tradesperson is willing to do so. In such cases, Public Health England can provide advice to tradespeople and households.
No work should be carried out by a tradesperson who has coronavirus symptoms, however mild.
For more information, see guidance published 23 March 2020.
2. Takeaway and delivery facilities should remain open and operational.
This means people can continue to enter premises to access takeaway services, including delivery drivers.
Businesses are encouraged to take orders online or by telephone, and businesses should not provide seating areas, indoors and outdoors, for customers to consume food and drink on. Ordering in advance is strongly encouraged to avoid waiting in, as per Public Health England guidelines.
Planning regulation has been changed to enable restaurants, cafés and pubs which do not currently offer delivery and hot food takeaway to do so. The legislation can be accessed online.
People must not consume food or drinks on site at restaurants, cafés or pubs whilst waiting for takeaway food.
Those venues offering takeaway or delivery services must not include alcoholic beverages in this list if their licence does not already permit.
3. Length of closure
We are asking the businesses and venues outlined above not to open for trade from close of trade 23 March 2020.
The first point of review for these measures will be in three weeks. This review will consider their necessity and effectiveness in light of changing circumstances.
Everyone is instructed to comply with the rules issued by the government in relation to coronavirus, in order to protect both themselves and others.
As of 1pm on 26 March 2020 new Regulations extending the restrictions are now enforceable by law in England due to the threat to public health. These supersede Regulations that came into force at 2pm on 21 March 2020. They are enforceable in Wales from 4pm on 26 March 2020 and Scotland from 7.15pm on 26 March 2020.
Where an owner, proprietor or manager carrying out a business (or a person responsible for other premises) contravenes the Regulations, that person commits an offence.
In England, Environmental Health and Trading Standards officers will monitor compliance with these regulations, with police support provided if appropriate. Businesses and venues that breach them will be subject to prohibition notices, and fixed penalties. With the support of the police, prohibition notices can be used to require compliance with the Regulations including requiring that an activity ceases.
If prohibition notices are not followed, or fixed penalty notice not paid, you may also be taken to court with magistrates able to impose potentially unlimited fines.
5. Financial support
Her Majesty’s Treasury also announced on 20 March 2020 a comprehensive series of measures supporting wages, cash-flow for businesses, and the welfare system.
6. Business support
In England, under the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant (RHLG) announced on 16 March 2020, businesses and venues in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors will be eligible for cash grants of up to £25,000 per property.
Eligible businesses and venues in these sectors with a property that has a rateable value of up to £15,000 will receive a grant of £10,000. Eligible businesses and venues in these sectors with a property that has a rateable value of between £15,001 and £51,000 will receive a grant of £25,000. Businesses and venues with a rateable value of over £51,000 are not included in this scheme.
For more information please visit the government’s business support page.
7. Business rates
In England, as announced on 16 March 2020, the government will provide a business rates holiday for businesses and venues in the retail, hospitality and/or leisure sector. This includes the businesses and venues in scope for closure listed above. This will apply automatically to your next business rates bill in April 2020.
8. Further information
Devolved Administrations may issue further guidance on these matters within their nations.