The government has issued new advice to try and curb the spread of Coronavirus and prevent developing Covid-19 disease.
The new measures include curbs on movement include shopping only for basic goods and a ban on gatherings. Police will be given powers to enforce restrictions, including fines.
The government guidance says people should only leave home for specific reasons, including:
- Shopping for basic necessities such as food and medicine. Shopping trips should be as infrequent as possible.
- Any medical need, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person. This includes moving children under the age of 18 between their parents’ homes, where applicable. Key workers or those with children identified as vulnerable can continue to take their children to school.
- Travelling to and from work, but only where work absolutely cannot be done from home
You can read all the latest advice here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/full-guidance-on-staying-at-home-and-away-from-others/full-guidance-on-staying-at-home-and-away-from-others
The coronavirus pandemic is “accelerating”, says the World Health Organization, warning that its taken 67 days to reach 100,000 cases worldwide but just four to go from 200,000 to 300,000.
Globally, there have been over 16,500 reported deaths to date. In the UK, which is believed to be several weeks behind other nations, the total is now over 330. (At time of writing.)
The full government advice on a range of issues covering Coronavirus and Covid-19 can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/coronavirus-covid-19-list-of-guidance
You can find the World Health Organisation’s advice for the public here: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public
There is also a good BBC article covering a range of topics and helpful instruction here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-51048366
Sefton MBC has the following page with advice on several areas and links to Public Health England advice: https://www.sefton.gov.uk/communitycovid
Here in Southport, we have five Labour councillors who will do what they can to help with any queries or issues you may have. You can find a full list of Sefton councillors by ward here: https://modgov.sefton.gov.uk/mgMemberIndex.aspx?FN=WARD&VW=LIST&PIC=0
There are a wide range of groups that need help to help others locally at present, so if you want to volunteer during the crisis and feel you are able to do so then see this link: https://volunteeringsefton.org.uk/
For the NHS use this: https://www.goodsamapp.org/NHS.
To volunteer at Southport Foodbank, use this: https://southport.foodbank.org.uk/give-help/volunteer/
If we at Southport Labour can help with any problems then do not hesitate to get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org or via our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/southportlabour/
Please make sure you follow the safety advice.
We can still work together to stop this virus spreading and minimise the harm it will cause but it starts with each of us taking individual responsibility.
Stay safe and help others to stay safe.