On Monday 4 Jan the Prime Minister announced measures that included the closure of all schools until at least mid-February – except for vulnerable children and the children of key workers – and warned that ‘the weeks ahead will be the hardest yet’.
The lockdown measures mean people must stay at home except to:
● Shop for basic necessities such as food:
● Work, if they cannot reasonably do so from home;
● Take exercise locally, once a day, with up to one other person outside their home;
● Meet your support bubble or childcare bubble, when necessary;
● Attend childcare or education, for those eligible; and
● To escape domestic abuse.
All non-essential shops are now closed, as of midnight on Monday. Leisure centres will remain closed as will all libraries – except for click and collect and limited support services. The Cheshire East Council’s household waste recycling centres will remain open.
The Prime Minister said schools would switch to remote learning with GCSE and A-level exams unlikely to go ahead and alternative assessment to be devised.
Clinically extremely vulnerable people are being told to shield once more and await further guidance by letter.
The national lockdown will last for at least seven weeks, with measures reviewed during February half-term week.
The government this week announced a £4.6bn package of grants to help firms through the new lockdown. Firms in retail, hospitality and leisure will be eligible to get one-off grants of up to £9,000. The Cheshire East Council already has a database, of those businesses who had applied for grants previously, and Cheshire East Council will be responsible for the issue of the payments in due course.
Within Cheshire East more than 3,900 volunteers signed up to offer support to vulnerable residents.
For any regular prescription requirements, please speak to your GP about the many letterbox prescription delivery services out there, who do an excellent job delivering regular prescriptions. The service is completely free of charge.
Cheshire East is currently seeing infection rates of more than 350 cases per 100,000 people. This is a significant increase on the numbers seen only days ago when we moved to tier 4 .
Vaccinations are now taking place across the borough. This is great news – but any optimism must be tempered by a resolve to stick to the basics – think: ‘hands, face, space’ and make sure that, if you have symptoms, you self-isolate and get a test.
For more information about the national lockdown restrictions visit: www.gov.uk/guidance/national-lockdown-stay-at-home<http://www.gov.uk/guidance/national-lockdown-stay-at-home>
other useful links are below
NHS Responders: https://nhsvolunteerresponders.org.uk/services or call them direct on 0808 196 3646 (open 8am-8pm, 7 days a week)
Cheshire East Council and the ‘Live Well’ service can be contacted at www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/livewell/livewell.aspx or contact Adult Social Care by telephoning 0300 123 5010.