The current public health crisis is causing considerable concern among members, supporters and local residents. We want to make sure everyone knows where they can find current guidance and seek help or advice.
Stay at Home
To further reduce the spread of the infection and protect our NHS the government has, as of 23 March 2020, introduced three new measures:
- Requiring people to stay at home, except for very limited purposes
- Closing non-essential shops and community spaces
- Stopping all gatherings of more than two people in public
Unlike previous measures these are not recommendations. Everyone must adhere to these new measures. Relevant authorities, including the police, are being provided with the powers to enforce them if needed – including through fines and dispersing gatherings.
Where can I find advice?
Below are a number of sources for advice on Coronavirus/COVID-19 and how various public and third sector organisations are working during the ongoing crisis. Additionally, while we will not be holding face-to-face Councillor Surgeries during this period, our Councillors will still be available via phone or email should you need support or assistance.
Health and Symptoms
The NHS have asked that only call 111 if you cannot get help online.
Public Services and Guidance
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If you are vulnerable or frail and need help, the Hampshire Helpline Hantshelp4vulnerable - can be contacted on 0333 370 4000. More info here.
The City Council website includes information on help and support for individuals and businesses, including information on how to volunteer.
If you have issues accessing the official guidance, have any uncertainty about local services please do get in touch.
What are we doing?
We have taken steps to follow current guidance and ensure we don't ourselves exacerbate this crisis:
- Face-to-face political activity has been suspended until further notice.
- Our office in Winchester has been closed until further notice.
- We have hygiene and contact avoidance measures in place. If you do unavoidably need to meet with a person from another household, wash your hands on arrival, and keep an appropriate distance (at least 2 metres), and do not make physical contact, especially shaking hands.
- All Party and Public meetings or events have been suspended, moving to online solutions where possible.
When it is safe to do so and when they have neither symptoms nor had recent contact with those who have, we have encouraged our members and supporters to assist their family, friends, and neighbours. We have also advised that should they feel they are able to contribute more widely to focus on supporting reputable community initiatives or the NHS Volunteer Responders program.
You can find the latest advice on volunteering on the City Council website.
This is a time for us all to look out for one another, and give special thought to any neighbours we know who face particular risk, and might not have anyone else to turn to.
Now, please wash your hands, it really does work.
This page was last updated: Thursday, 2 April 2020.