Coronavirus Community Support – Update 05.06.2020

05.06.2020

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/

Wearing masks on public transport

One major change since our last update is that wearing of masks on public transport will become compulsory for most people.  The Transport Minister announced on Thursday

 “as of Monday 15 June, face coverings will become mandatory on public transport.

That doesn’t mean surgical masks, which we must keep for clinical settings. It means the kind of face covering you can easily make at home.

There’ll be exceptions to the rule for very young children, disabled people and those with breathing difficulties.”

The full text of the speech can be accessed here https://tinyurl.com/y7uy2dgr  and the subsequent government update here https://tinyurl.com/ycghgtdp

As mentioned in a previous update suitable masks can be obtained from the village shop.

Cycling

The Minister also spoke of encouraging alternatives to public transport and highlighted the benefits of cycling.  He said

As we redesign our street landscape to cope with millions more cyclists and pedestrians in the months ahead. The evidence is that commuters are already responding…

Despite fewer people travelling overall during this crisis, we’ve seen around a 100% increase in weekday cycling. And at weekends, that increase has been up to around 200%, compared to pre-COVID-19 levels.

We want to use this recovery to permanently change the way we travel. With huge levels of investment…

This aligns well with an initiative from Mendip District Council to promote cycle paths around the District as described here  https://wells.nub.news/n/wells-cycle-routes-to-be-connected-and-enhanced-in-bid-to-cut-car-use

These national and local initiatives my well give new impetus to the Strawberry Line Project – for details see here http://www.thestrawberryline.org.uk/

Test and Trace – how to spot a scam

As the new ‘test and trace’ scheme goes live you may get a call saying that you have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19 and therefore need to self-isolate for 7 days.  Since crooks will take advantage of any opportunity however how can you be sure it is genuine?  The independent fact checking site ‘Full Fact’ gives advice here https://tinyurl.com/ycovjd4p

 

Sue Reece (870618)   Mick Fletcher (870531)   on behalf of the Parish Council

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