For all previous Parish Council Coronavirus updates please select the Covid-19 Category on the News Page of the Westbury Website http://westburysubmendip-pc.gov.uk/category/covid-19/
Covid and Halloween
A number of people have been asking about advice on Halloween and ‘trick or treat’. There is no specific advice from government as yet but if children are keen to do it the general rules on social distancing would suggest the following approach.
- No groups of larger than six people including children
- No surprises – only call on people you know are happy to be visited
- Leave sweets etc outside rather than answer the door.
Some areas have suggested that people simply leave decorated pumpkins to be discovered and parents supply children with a sweet for every one they discover.
Coronavirus self-isolation payments
Despite a number of rumours circulating there does not appear to have been an outbreak in Westbury and the cases in Rodney Stoke seem to relate to only one family. Nevertheless, it is possible that cases will arise in the village and people may be asked to self-isolate if they have a positive test or have been close to anyone who has. For those who may lose income and suffer hardship as a consequence there is the possibility of a £500 support payment. Details of the payment and the rules about self-isolation can be found in this update from Somerset County Council.
The update also contains a timely reminder that GP surgeries and other local healthcare services are open and increasingly busy with flu jabs etc. It is safe to attend in person if called to do so after an on-line consultation but everyone attending needs to remember the new slogan ‘Hands, Face, Space’ – that is wash hands, wear a mask and keep social distance.
Landline calls to Truespeed phones – problem solved?
Truespeed let us know on Friday that BT had identified and blocked a faulty bit of equipment in their system. Hopefully the problem has now gone away.
If any call you make still gets this message: ‘This service is not compatible with this call’, the advice is to report it to your own landline provider with details of the number you called, date and time.
Sue Reece (870618) Mick Fletcher (870531) on behalf of the Parish Council