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Coronavirus: Local Info & Support

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Recent Changes

Test and Trace: As soon as you show any symptoms you must self-isolate and order a test immediately. You will be asked to share details of people whom you have had close, recent contact.

If you have been in contact with someone who has tested positive, you will be contacted and told to begin self-isolation for 14 days. Click for further guidance on how Test and Trace works.

From Monday 1st June:

Groups of up to six people will be able to meet outdoors, provided those people from different households continue to stay 2 metres apart.

Car showrooms and open markets can open.

From Saturday 13th June:

Single adult households – adults living alone or single parents with dependent children – can form a “support bubble” with one other household.

From Monday 15th June:

Non-essential retail shops can open.

Zoos and drive-in cinemas can open.

Face coverings to become compulsory on public transport.

Churches will be able to open for private prayer.

From Saturday 4th July:

The Prime Minister has set out that where it is not possible to stay two metres apart, guidance will allow people to keep a social distance of ‘one metre plus’. This means staying one metre apart, plus mitigations which reduce the risk of transmission.

Pubs, restaurants and hairdressers will be able to reopen, as will some some leisure facilities and tourist attractions. However nail bars and beauty salons will have to stay shut for the time being.

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Main Messages

  • Stay at home as much as possible
  • Work from home if you can
  • Limit contact with other people
  • Keep your distance if you go out (2 metres apart where possible)
  • Use fabric face coverings in enclosed spaces
  • Wash your hands regularly
  • Self-isolate if you or anyone in your household has symptoms

For the latest guidance from the Government and NHS information about how Corvid-19 is spread and how to avoid catching it, see: www.gov.uk/coronavirus.

To help businesses understand how to work safely, the Government has produced a series of guides which cover a range of different types of work. They contain the practical steps that businesses should take to ensure their workplaces are safe and give their staff the confidence to return back to work.

Stay at Home if you have symptoms of coronavirus. To protect others, do not go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. If your symptoms worsen or are no better after 7 days, contact NHS 111. In a medical emergency dial 999.

You should still Stay at Home as much as possible.

A significant proportion of people who are infected with Covid-19 show no symptoms (asymptomatic) but they have an important impact on the virus’s spread.

Older people, and those with underlying health conditions regardless of age, are at greater risk of dying from coronavirus. They are advised to minimise contact with others outside their household.

The public is advised to consider wearing fabric face coverings in enclosed public spaces such as shops and public transport.

Wash your hands regularly, particularly after coughing, sneezing and blowing your nose, or after being in public areas.

Clean and disinfect regularly touched objects and surfaces to reduce the risk of passing the infection on to other people.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about what you can and can’t do.




Deaths from Coronavirus

110 people from Wealden have died from Covid-19 (up to 19th Jun). (These are deaths attributed to coronavirus and not excess deaths.) The first death was in the week ending 20th March (date death occurred not date registered).

Deaths in hospital peaked in early April.

Hospitals57
Care Homes49
Hospices4
Total110

Cases in Wealden

There have been 437 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Wealden district (data up to 1st July):

Shielding

Those people who have had transplants, certain cancer patients and others suffering from extreme respiratory illnesses are extremely vulnerable to coronavirus.

If you have a medical condition and do not have a support network of family and friends to help you get essential supplies, register on the following Government website for help.

You can register yourself, or do so on behalf of a loved one. Alternatively call 0800 0288327.

If you don’t fall into this “extreme” category, but are still at high risk of coronavirus (because you are elderly or have breathing problems), there are people in Crowborough who are willing to help get you essential provisions, so you don’t need to go into shops and have contact with other people.

Support for Vulnerable Residents in Wealden.  Phone 01323 443322.

If you are, or know someone who needs food, medical supplies, Wealden District Council have set-up a Community Hub. They will put you in contact with groups in the community and voluntary sector who can help. Either register using their online form or call 01323 443322.

Supporting Crowborough provide assistance to elderly & vulnerable people, such as getting essential provisions or prescriptions. You can phone them on 01892 317151. The helpline is open between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday. Alternatively you can email Crowborough2020@outlook.com.

Rotherfield St Martin is a charity which offers support to older people living in the Parish (Rotherfield, Mark Cross, Eridge Green & Boarshead). Telephone 01892 853021. They have a new community group Parish Pals to keep people connected during the outbreak.

Crowborough Foodbank

The Foodbank provides emergency food for people facing extreme poverty or financial crisis.

For help call them on 07936 515798 or visit the Foodbank’s website.

If you shop in Waitrose, Tesco or Morrisons, please consider a donation at their collection point. See their website for items on their “wish list”.

If you are in financial hardship, see the other sorts of help that is available from The Hygiene Bank and Baby2Baby (baby & children’s clothing and essential items).

Pharmacies

If you can not collect your prescriptions yourself in person, in the first instance please ask family, friends or neighbours to collect prescriptions for you.

Employment & Financial Advice

Wealden Citizens Advice provide free, confidential, independent and impartial advice on many issues – money, benefit, housing or employment.  To speak to a local adviser, please call 0300 330 9022.

Support for Businesses: For guidance on the support available for businesses and employees from the Government, see www.gov.uk. Also see Wealden District Council’s website about support grants and business rates holiday.

Council Tax: Wealden District Council are advising people who may have problems paying council tax because coronavirus measures are affecting their income to email counciltax@wealden.gov.uk.

There are a number of ways they can help, including agreeing to defer payments for a number of months, make a claim for council tax support or consider applying for financial help from the Department for Work and Pensions.

Cleaning

Click for guidance on the cleaning required, the appropriate disposal of waste materials, the cleaning of equipment and hard surfaces, and what personal protective equipment (PPE) that should be worn.

Library

Crowborough Library is one of five in East Sussex to reopen on 13th July, following a change in the Government guidance.

Public Transport

If you need to use trains or buses, always practice social distancing.

The Government have issued new guidance on how to make journeys safely. Most people are required to wear face coverings.

Trains: From Monday 18th May, an extra early morning train has been added to the timetable and an hourly service to London Bridge will be re-established. Click for the latest information.

Buses:

Bus companies will now accept Older Person’s and Disabled Person’s concessionary passes before 9.30am.

For general information about bus services in East Sussex please see the County Council’s website: Bus Service Changes in East Sussex. Below is specific information for our area.

Please note whilst the roadwork are taking place on Whitehill Road buses will follow a diversion along Queens Road.

28/29: An enhanced Saturday service with early morning extras. One bus an hour. Check the company’s website before travelling: Brighton & Hove Buses. Please pay for your journey using contactless methods, such as the key card.

228/229: From 29th June Compass Travel will run a Saturday timetable on Monday to Saturday. See the operator’s website for the latest information: Compass Travel or phone 01903 690025.

Wealdlink: Routes 224, 225, 226 and 262 will resume from 1st July, running to normal timetables. Wealdlink (North Wealden Community Transport) have suspended their door-to-door shopping services. They are operating a limited shopping delivery service for regular users. Contact Wealdlink on 01892 771332 if you need help.

Waste

From Monday 20th April garden waste collections will restart, according to the normal schedule.

The tip on Farningham Road is set to re-open from 10am on Monday 18th May, with strict social distancing measures in place.

Car Parks

From 1st July Wealden District Council will re-start monitoring for overstaying in 3 hour, 6 hour, 10 hour and 23 hour car parks.

Crowborough Life will endeavor as best we can to keep this information up-to-date. However, if you notice anything that is inaccurate, please let us know. We cannot be held responsible for the activities of groups or organisations listed here – a mention on this page does not constitute a recommendation. Please ensure you follow the latest Government advice to protect yourself from catching the virus. Beware that fraudsters and scammers may be exploiting coronavirus fears to take advantage of the vulnerable.

Last updated: Friday 3rd July 2020.

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