Coronavirus Community Support – Update 18.05.2020

Update 18.05.2020

For all previous Parish Council Coronavirus updates please select the Covid-19 Category on the News Page


New Covid-19 symptoms

We hope that everyone is enjoying the fine weather and the slight easing of restrictions on movement.  There are no major developments to report but everyone needs to be aware of the extra symptoms of Covid-19 which indicate that you and your household should immediately self—isolate.  They are the loss of, or change in, your sense of smell and taste. Updated guidance on staying safe is here


The guidance reiterates the continuing relevance of basic hygiene and social distancing in keeping the infection rate down.  Some may have seen press reports that the South West now has one of the highest reproduction rates (the ‘R’ number) in the country.  According to Public Health England this simply reflects the fact that the spread of the virus into  this region was some two weeks behind London (see )



Since an increased number of people are wearing facemasks, we thought it important to set out the following extract from the guidance that relates to when and how they should be used

If you can, wear a face covering in an enclosed space where social distancing isn’t possible and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet. This is most relevant for short periods indoors in crowded areas, for example, on public transport or in some shops.

Evidence suggests that wearing a face covering does not protect you. However, if you are infected but have not yet developed symptoms, it may provide some protection for others you come into close contact with.

Face coverings do not replace social distancing. If you have symptoms of COVID-19 (cough, and/or high temperature, and/or loss of, or change in, your normal sense of smell or taste – anosmia), you and your household must isolate at home: wearing a face covering does not change this.

It is important to use face coverings properly and wash your hands before putting them on and taking them off.

You can make face-coverings at home. The key thing is it should cover the mouth and nose.


One small step back towards normality is that recycling and waste services are operating.  Although the information on collection dates on the Mendip web site may still be unreliable, the kerbside collections of rubbish and recycling are operating as before, and the new garden waste collection is operating here on Mondays.  The recycling centres are open and in our experience working smoothly (though check here for details as there are different days for odd and even number plates ) and staff are not allowed to help you lift material.  Garden centres are also said to be operating safe systems though progress can be slow at busy times.


Financial Support

The economic impact of the pandemic continues to bite and it would be good if everyone was aware of the financial support scheme put in place by the Friendly Society for people whose income has been hit by Covid-19.  Details of the scheme are available on the village website here

There is also a very useful summary of all the sources of support for people who have difficulty covering their outgoings because of the virus.   Find out more here .


If you do not have internet access leave a message on the Listening line 07851 227855 (anonymously if you prefer) and someone will ring back and talk you through it.


Poem of the week

Finally our poem of the week is a parody of John Masefield’s ’Cargoes’ set in the time of coronavirus. Cargoes   



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