Government lockdown from 5 November
In line with the Government’s National Restrictions, pubs, restaurants, non-essential shops, and gyms have closed from 5 November for four weeks until Wednesday, 2 December.
This includes the outdoor gym equipment on the recreation ground, although the play equipment will remain open unless restrictions change.
The Remembrance Parades on Sunday 8th and Armistice Day 11th November have already been cancelled but a small ceremony will be live streamed on youtube – there is a separate post about this on the News page of this website.
VWHDC is restricting litter collections and this may impact on Harwell – please take litter and dog waste home with you rather than using the various bins around the parish. These are emptied weekly by council grounds staff for VWHDC to collect but there is no storage facility and bins may have to be taken out of service temporarily.
These new measures are intended to halt the spread of COVID-19, prevent the NHS being overwhelmed, and protect the population. They are also designed to ensure that schools, colleges and universities stay open and that as many people as possible continue to work.
At the end of the restrictions period, the Government intends to return to a local approach, based on the latest data.
To ensure that these measures are successful and that we have the best possible outcome by 2 December, we all need to play our part. This means living by the restrictions in place and continuing to follow the Government rules.
Essentially, everyone must stay at home apart from for a few specific reasons such as education, work, medical reasons, and shopping for basic necessities. In addition, you must avoid meeting people you do not live with, except for specific purposes.
Read the full list of national restrictions on the government website. The Government has also issued new guidance on supporting safe care home visits.
The NHS Covid-19 App will also keep you informed of the latest guidance from 5 November.
In summary, from Thursday, 5 November until Wednesday, 2 December the following applies:
• In general, you must not meet people socially. However, you can exercise or meet in a public, outdoor setting with people you live with, your support bubble or with one other person. You must not meet socially indoors with family or friends unless they are part of your household or support bubble
• If you need medical attention, you are encouraged to go to hospital if you need to or contact your GP
• If you can work effectively from home, you must. Where you cannot, you should continue to travel to your workplace while following the COVID-secure guidelines
• You can still move home, though people outside your household or support bubble should not help unless absolutely necessary
These measures will be underpinned by law. Police and other authorities will have powers to give fines and break up gatherings.
Clinically extremely vulnerable people in England should not go to work and only go out for exercise and to attend health appointments. The Government will write to everybody who is clinically extremely vulnerable to set out detailed advice to follow while the new restrictions are in place.
Information from the Vale is in the attached pdf.