Coronavirus Community Support – Update 22.05.2020

For all previous Parish Council Coronavirus updates please select the Covid-19 Category on the News Page  http://westburysubmendip-pc.gov.uk/category/covid-19/

Testing for Covid-19

The major item in tonight’s update concerns testing.  The government has announced that anyone displaying the symptoms of Covid-19 can apply for a test but warns that testing centres will be very busy.

Anyone experiencing a new, continuous cough; high temperature; and now also a loss of or change in your normal sense of smell or taste can book a test by visiting www.nhs.uk/coronavirus

A link to the full government press release is here https://tinyurl.com/y7f44ldw

And there is also a useful ‘Which?’ report describing in simple terms  the sorts of tests that are available and whether you should spend money on ones being offered commercially – in general it suggests that you should not.  You can read the whole report here https://www.which.co.uk/news/2020/05/coronavirus-can-you-get-a-home-test-kit/

School Update

The local primary school has shared with us the following message which reflects the advice they have already given to parents.  Those in the wider community are asked to help the school by avoiding the area around the school entrances at pick up and drop off times when it reopens to allow for effective and safe social distancing.  We will let people know when a final decision on opening is taken.

It is not clear yet whether schools will be opening on June 1st, but in line with Government guidance The Federation of Priddy and St Lawrence’s has made plans to reopen for selected year groups if asked to do so. Both sites will be open for different year groups, with plans in place to significantly lower risks through hygiene measures and social distancing. 

The school minibus will not be running, and parents will not be allowed into the playground, so will need to wait outside the school sites when dropping off or collecting children. 

If schools open on June 1st, the wider community can help by avoiding the area whenever possible during pick-up and drop-off times, enabling parents to do the school run safely. In particular the area around St Lawrence’s has limited parking and limited pavement space for the required 2m social distancing, so it would help if traffic can avoid School Hill where possible during these times. 

Times to avoid the area around the school: 

St Lawrence’s – 8.45am – 9.25am for drop-off; 2.35 – 3.15 for pick up

 

Bank Holiday Shop Hours

Finally, a reminder that Monday is a Bank Holiday and the shop will be offering a reduced service. The shop will open 9.00 – 11.00, the post Office will be closed, and there will be no collections other than for regular orders.

 

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

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