Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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West Suffolk Council has been and continues to lead and play its part in tackling COVID-19, keeping our communities safe, supporting out businesses and delivering services during this challenging time. On this page you will find information about what the council is doing and how you can play your part, as well as guidance and support for our communities and businesses.

Message from Councillor John Griffiths, Leader of West Suffolk Council

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Stay home. Protect the NHS. Save lives.National lockdown: stay at home

(updated 4 January 2021)

  • You must stay at home. This is the single most important action we can all take to protect the NHS and save lives.
  • You must not leave, or be outside of your home except where necessary. You may leave the home to:
    • shop for basic necessities, for you or a vulnerable person
    • go to work, or provide voluntary or charitable services, if you cannot reasonably do so from home
    • exercise with your household (or support bubble) or one other person, this should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area.
    • meet your support bubble or childcare bubble where necessary, but only if you are legally permitted to form one
    • seek medical assistance or avoid injury, illness or risk of harm (including domestic abuse)
    • attend education or childcare - for those eligible
  • Stay 2 metres apart from anyone not in your household or bubble.

Suffolk, like the rest of the country, is in a national lockdown due to rising infection rates of COVID-19. This means much more tighter restrictions on what you can do to stop the spread of COVID-19. This includes most pupils being schooled at home. Everyone must play their role in tackling COVID-19 and taking action to stop the spread.

Helping businesses 

Businesses can find general and detailed information on how COVID may affect them as well as support available:

Helping the community

Changes to services

During the pandemic there may be changes to council services due to Government guidance or resourcing issues caused by COVID-19.

For more information visit: COVID-19 Changes to services

Government and medical guidance

COVID-19 case numbers are rising rapidly across the whole of the UK and in other countries. You must act now to control the spread of the virus. The single most important action you can take, in fighting coronavirus, is to stay at home, to protect the NHS and save lives.

Remember, Hands. Face. Space:

  • hands - wash your hands regularly and for 20 seconds
  • face - wear a face covering in indoor settings where social distancing may be difficult, and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet
  • space - stay two metres apart from people you do not live with where possible, or one metre with extra precautions in place (such as wearing face coverings)

The NHS has advice on what you must do if you are showing symptoms or if you have been in contact with someone who has tested positive. Please download the NHS Test and Trace app. It is vital to stick to social distancing and COVID safety rules as one in three people don't show symptoms.

For more information visit:

Vaccination

A national phased programme of vaccination is taking place, which is led by the NHS. You can find out more from the NHS COVID-19 Vaccination Service  or from the Suffolk Resilience Forum at Suffolk County Council - COVID-19 vaccinations in Suffolk

Staying physically and mentally healthy

Staying safe

The Suffolk Safeguarding Partnership have created a video is to raise awareness of safeguarding for children and adults at risk and tell members of the public what to do if they see something that doesn’t seem quite right. During this challenging time, it will be even harder for children and adults who are already vulnerable to tell us what is happening to them. We are all responsible for safeguarding and now more than ever it is important that we are alert to the signs of abuse and neglect. Please share this amongst your networks.

Protecting your wellbeing by staying active

People are encouraged to exercise to protect our physical and mental health. You can continue to do unlimited exercise alone, or in a public outdoor place with your household, support bubble, or with one other person if you maintain social distancing. You should follow the guidance on meeting others safely. This remains part of the nation’s battle against COVID-19 and the same free opportunities continue in West Suffolk for you to keep up your routines or add to new ones.

COVID-19 Information and wellbeing support guide - LifeLink has compiled this guide of great resources and virtual support.

Fraud advice

In an initiative between government and the independent charity Crimestoppers, the public can now call a new COVID Fraud Hotline (0800 587 5030) anonymously and free of charge to report suspected fraudulent activity. The COVID Fraud Hotline is open 24/7, 365 days a year on 0800 587 5030 or fill in the simple and secure anonymous form at www.Covidfraudhotline.org

Read more on the Government scheme: New hotline launched to report COVID fraudsters

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Last updated:

10 February 2021 12:01 PM