Coronavirus Community Support – Update 11/04/2021
Although the Emergency Planning Team has stopped issuing regular updates about the pandemic we will continue to keep the village informed when there are significant changes to government advice or regulations. Normally this will be as part of the new Parish Council Newsletter which is planned to come out monthly. Since there are significant changes happening from Monday 12th however and the newsletter will not be published before the end of the week this is an additional notice.
The rules are changing from Monday 12th April
Some of the restrictions on what you can and cannot do are changing from Monday with shops, hairdressers and outdoor hospitality opening as lockdown starts to ease. You should still not meet indoors however as the risk of spreading the virus is significantly higher inside. The current planned date for allowing households or groups of up to six people to mix indoors is 17 May at the earliest.
The changes after this weekend include:
- non-essential retail will be able to re-open
- personal care premises such as hairdressers and nail salons will be able to re-open
- public buildings such as libraries and community centres will be able to re-open
- outdoor hospitality venues will be able to reopen – table service only
- most outdoor attractions including zoos, theme parks, and drive-in performances (such as cinemas and concerts) will be able to reopen
- some smaller outdoor events such as fetes, literary fairs, and fairgrounds will be able to take place
- indoor leisure and sports facilities will be able to reopen for individual exercise, or exercise with your household or support bubble
- all childcare and supervised activities will be allowed indoors (as well as outdoors) for all children.
- weddings, civil partnership ceremonies, wakes and other commemorative events will be able to take place for up to 15 people. Wedding receptions can also take place for up to 15 people, but must be outdoors, not including private gardens
- self-contained accommodation will be able to open for overnight stays in England with your household or support bubble.
We should still work at home where that is possible and limit our travel though we are no longer asked to stay at home.
How to get a free test
The Government is encouraging everyone in England to access free, regular, rapid Covid-19 testing. This regular testing is for those without symptoms of Covid-19 and helps break the chain of transmission. Details on how to get a test and advice on other support available in Somerset can be found on the SCC website .
Lifting lockdown – summary timetable.
We plan to keep village noticeboards updated with headline information about the pandemic. If you would find it helpful to print off a similar copy for yourself you can find a useful one-page summary here.
Westbury Church – Book of Condolences for Prince Philip
St Lawrence’s Church, Westbury would like to draw everyone’s attention to the opportunity to leave a message in an on-line book of condolences for Prince Philip. The church website gives links to books made available by the Royal Family and the Church of England. It will not be possible to sign books in person because of the pandemic.
Sue Reece, 870618, Mick Fletcher, 870531 on behalf of the Parish Council