The Offords are now in Tier 2 of the Government Covid Restrictions

What does that mean?

Tier 2: High alert
This is for areas with a higher or rapidly rising level of infections, where some additional restrictions need to be in place.

In tier 2:

you must not socialise with anyone you do not live with or who is not in your support bubble in any indoor setting, whether at home or in a public place

you must not socialise in a group of more than 6 people outside, including in a garden or a public space – this is called the ‘rule of 6’

businesses and venues can continue to operate, in a COVID-Secure manner, other than those which remain closed by law, such as nightclubs

pubs and bars must close, unless operating as restaurants. Hospitality venues can only serve alcohol with substantial meals

hospitality businesses selling food or drink for consumption on their premises are required to:

provide table service only, in premises which sell alcohol

close between 11pm and 5am (hospitality venues in airports, ports, transport services and motorway service areas are exempt)

stop taking orders after 10pm

hospitality businesses and venues selling food and drink for consumption off the premises can continue to do so after 10pm as long as this is through delivery service, click-and-collect or drive-through

early closure (11pm) applies to casinos, cinemas, theatres, museums, bowling alleys, amusement arcades, funfairs, theme parks, adventure parks and activities, and bingo halls. Cinemas, theatres and concert halls can stay open beyond 11pm in order to conclude performances that start before 10pm

public attendance at outdoor and indoor events (performances and shows) is permitted, limited to whichever is lower: 50% capacity, or either 2,000 people outdoors or 1,000 people indoors

public attendance at spectator sport and business events can resume inside and outside, subject to social contact rules and limited to whichever is lower: 50% capacity, or either 2,000 people outdoors or 1,000 people indoors

places of worship remain open but you must not socialise with people from outside of your household or support bubble while you are indoors there, unless a legal exemption applies

weddings and funerals can go ahead with restrictions on numbers of attendees – 15 people can attend wedding ceremonies and receptions, 30 people can attend funeral ceremonies, and 15 people can attend linked commemorative events such as wakes or stonesettings.

organised outdoor sport, and physical activity and exercise classes can continue

organised indoor sport, physical activity and exercise classes will only be permitted if it is possible for people to avoid mixing with people they do not live with (or share a support bubble with). There are exceptions for indoor disability sport, sport for educational purposes and supervised sport and physical activity for under-18s, which can take place with larger groups mixing

you can continue to travel to venues or amenities which are open, but should aim to reduce the number of journeys you make where possible

if you live in a tier 2 area, you must continue to follow tier 2 rules when you travel to a tier 1 area. Avoid travel to or overnight stays in tier 3 areas other than where necessary, such as for work, education, youth services, to receive medical treatment, or because of caring responsibilities.You can travel through a tier 3 area as a part of a longer journey

for international travel see the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office travel advice for your destination and the travel corridors list

Play areas in The Offords are open!

Following the recently annouced Lockdown, Councillors have assessed the situation regarding its open spaces and play areas and has decided to allow them to open provided the current guidance regarding social distancing and hand hygeine is observed. The toilet on the recreation ground must NOT be used.

National Lockdown Announced

A National Lockdown has been announced.  This will run from 1 minute past midnight on Thursday, November 5th until Wednesday December 2nd.  Click on the following link for the guidance.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/new-national-restrictions-from-5-november

NHS Stay well this Winter

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We’re here to help you stay well this winter

This winter, it’s really important that we all remember that the NHS is here to help you stay well, safely.

We have been working hard to make changes to how healthcare is provided to make it safe for you during the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

If you’re worried about your health, don’t delay. The sooner you get advice, the better.

Depending on your symptoms, you can get advice from your local pharmacy, GP practice or NHS 111. For minor health concerns, your local pharmacist can help. GP practices offer remote consultations online or by phone, or if you need a face-to-face appointment, they will tell you what to do.

If you need medical help fast, think you need to go to an Emergency Department (A&E) or you’re not sure what to do, use NHS 111 first – online or by phone to get clinical advice or direction to the most appropriate services for treatment for you.

You can also help us to help you. If you are over 65, have a long-term health condition or are pregnant, it is more important than ever this year to ensure you have your free flu vaccination. Just speak to your GP or pharmacist to book an appointment. You can also find more information at www.nhs.uk/fluvaccine

Be sure to also stock up your medicine cabinet with winter self-care essentials too. Many over-the-counter medicines (including paracetamol and ibuprofen) are available to help relieve symptoms of common winter illnesses and you can find further information at www.nhs.uk

To help prevent further spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) please follow current Government guidelines for the area you live in at all times. If you have any of the main symptoms of coronavirus it’s important you get tested as soon as possible. You can apply for a test online via www.nhs.uk/coronavirus, or by calling 119.

Problems on the Recreation Ground – Offord Darcy

We have been made aware of recent issues with possible anti-social behaviour late at night on the Recreation Ground.

These have been reported to the police who have agreed to increase their patrols and talk to any groups they encounter. The police have informed us that over the past three months they have not received any reports from residents. It is very important that these incidents are reported when they occur. The more reports they receive the more visits we get! You can dial 101 or use the online reporting tool via this link https://www.cambs.police.uk/report/Report-Shared/Report-a-crime . Obviously, if it is an emergency dial 999.

Councillors are increasing their visits to clear up excessive litter and to check the CCTV cameras and we are in the process of installing extra cameras on the Recreation Ground and Millennium Green.

Hopefully, by working together, we can deal with these problems.

If you have any thoughts of anything more we can be doing, please get in touch.

IMPORTANT COMMUNITY HEALTH MESSAGE

We have been asked by HDC to highlight the following community health message and ask that members be vigilant and take note of Public Health/CCC/HDC messages relating to this area of concern.

“The overall admission rates at Hinchingbrooke Hospital related to Covid-19 are not declining at the rate we would, at this stage, expect and there are some hotspots emerging from patients with symptoms who are presenting at primary care(largely GPs and community pharmacies). These concentrations are found in Huntingdon, St Neots and Sawtry.

It is essential that we get strong messages out to residents in these areas to continue to follow the advice from our health experts of working from home wherever possible, maintaining social distancing and avoiding non-essential travel. Could you please use your local communication channels to get this message to your residents?”

We would ask you to re-iterate and re-inforce the community health message in your local areas please:

Stay at home as much as possible
Work from home if you can
Limit contact with other people
Keep your distance if you have to go out – (2 metres apart where possible)
Wash your hands regularly
Do not leave home if you, or anyone within your household, have symptoms.