CORONAVIRUS BULLETIN – AS AT 20 August 2020

I hope you are keeping as well as possible. Changes to lockdown rules are occurring rapidly. The Government have announced significant changes to lockdown rules taking effect from August 15th.

The latest Government guidance can be viewed by clicking here.

I would still very much urge you to social distance as much as you can. While the rules have changed, the science behind this virus has not, it is still very infectious and deadly. Distancing from loved ones has been an immense sacrifice throughout the pandemic period. All you have done to stay at home has saved lives.

Thank you for everything you have done for our local community during this incredibly challenging time. Everyone on the Putney Coronavirus Mutual Support Group Facebook page has been amazing! I know our care for each other that has been shown across Putney, Southfields and Roehampton has shown the best of our community.

I have weekly surgeries and local zoom meetings – do get in touch to meet me or invite me along.

As ever, if there is anything I can help you with please do email me: fleur.anderson.mp@parliament.uk

*Social Distancing*

The social distancing will be reduced from two metres to ‘one metre plus’. This means staying two metres where possible. Where two metres is not possible it means staying one metre apart, whilst taking precautions to minimise the risk of transmission (things like wearing masks and additional hand sanitiser use). I’d still strongly urge everyone to keep good distance between each other. At 2m the risk of infection is very very low, at 1.5m the chance of infection increases exponentially.

*Face covering*

Face coverings are mandatory on public transport, and in shops, supermarkets, indoor shopping centres, banks, building societies, post offices, and indoor transport hubs.

From 8 August, it became a requirement to wear face coverings in a greater number of indoor settings such as museums, galleries, cinemas, places of worship, and public libraries.

Relevant Government guidance on face coverings is available here.

*Hospitality*

Restaurants and pubs are able to reopen, but contact between customers and staff will be limited. Customers will need to provide contact details when entering a pub or restaurant to assist tracing operations should they be needed.

You will also be able to stay away from home overnight, with hotels, B&Bs, cottages, campsites, and caravan parks able to reopen.

Follow local Putney businesses opening: https://shopappy.com/putney/

Southfields: https://www.southfieldsgrid.org.uk/2020/06/grid-local-shops-during-coronavirus-pandemic/

*What else is opening?*

Places of worship, hairdressers, community centres, libraries, bingo halls, cinemas, museums, galleries, theme parks, leisure centres and social clubs will also be able to reopen.

From 15 August, the following businesses have been able to reopen and activities resume provided they follow the Covid-19 Secure guidelines: Casinos, skating rinks, bowling alleys, indoor play areas, including soft play areas and indoor performances.

Remaining beauty salon close contact services, including face treatments have also been able to resume.

Registering the birth of your child is also permitted again.

*Family and friends*

We can still meet up to six people from different households, outdoors, while socially distancing. In addition, two households of any size will be able to meet indoors or outside. This does not have to be the same household, but can be different households on different days. It is possible to stay overnight. It is not recommended that multiple households meet indoors due to infection risk.

Subject to social distancing, wedding receptions for up to 30 people, in the form of a sit-down meal can take place.

*Shielding*

The guidance for the clinically extremely vulnerable is that shielding has been paused from 1 August. This means that you can go outside as much as you like but you should still try to keep your overall social interactions low.

You will no longer receive free food parcels, medicine deliveries and basic care from the National Shielding Service.

Those who were previously receiving free food parcels will be able to get local volunteer support by contacting your local authority. Prescriptions and essential items you buy can be delivered by NHS Volunteer Responders. You should also have access to priority slots for supermarket deliveries.

If you require any assistance accessing these services please do get in touch at Fleur.anderson.mp@parliament.uk.

*Travelling Abroad*

If you travel abroad you may have to self-isolate when you arrive back in England. You will be required to isolate if you are travelling from a country not on the current travel corridor exemption list.

To help stop the spread of Covid-19 countries are added to and removed from the exemption list at short notice. Travellers should always check the latest Government travel advice.

*Local groups*

I’ve set up a Facebook support group for local residents to share what support they can offer and so we can all help each other. You can join the group by clicking here. See below for more information about community groups providing support.

Wandsworth Council Coronavirus guidance. The Council Community helpline for support is 0208 871 6555 and the email is covidsupport@richmondandwandsworth.gov.uk.

Putney Coronavirus Mutual Support Group – for Putney, Roehampton and Southfields

Putney Street Volunteers Sign Up

Southfields Grid Alliance

Roehampton COVID 19 Support Group (Facebook page)

St Margaret’s Putney Community Care team

Putney and Wandsworth COVID 19  Mutual Support – a network of local Whats App groups

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