Lockdown Update 5th June 2020

Volunteers and Community initiatives have been at the heart of our country’s response to Covid.19 .The army of volunteers is awe inspiring.

In this week celebrating volunteers it’s key that we celebrate our hidden heroes within the wonderful ward of Ettington. Therefore, please email me any Hidden Heroes you feel need to be celebrated.

Email: Penny-Anne.O’Donnell@stratford-dc.gov.uk

Yesterday the Government announced that they are:

Providing over 1,500 bed spaces to support survivors of domestic abuse at risk during the pandemic, backed by £8.1 million of government funding. This will support domestic abuse safe accommodation services. It will provide over 1,500 beds to support survivors of domestic abuse at risk during the pandemic, and will also support the critical work these charities do to help survivors and their children to rebuild their lives. 
 

Hospital Staff and visitors are required to wear PPE:

Requiring all visitors and outpatients to wear face coverings – and all hospital staff to wear Type 1 and Type 2 surgical masks – from 15 June. One of things that we have learnt is that those in hospital and working in hospital are more likely to catch coronavirus, whether they work in a clinical setting or not. And so, to offer even greater protection, we are also providing new guidance to NHS staff in England, and all hospital stuff will be required to wear Type-1 or Type-2 surgical masks, which will apply to all staff at all times. 

PPE Public Transport:

From 15 June, face coverings will be required while using public transport in England, to help control the virus and save lives.

Although people should continue to avoid public transport wherever they can, it’s likely that as restrictions are carefully eased – when it is safe to do so – more people will need to use it.

As well as social distancing and regular hand-washing, wearing a face covering can help prevent the spread of coronavirus. That’s why the Government is asking transport operators to make face coverings mandatory for staff and passengers on all public transport in England – with operators able to refuse to travel or issue penalty fines.

Wearing a face covering is something that we can each do to help each other and will help us travel with confidence as restrictions are eased.

Warwickshire Update

As we have been taking tentative steps forward as certain restrictions  of Lockdown are lifted Public Health Warwickshire (PHW) is continuing to reinforce the importance of social distancing and washing hands regularly to maintain infection control.

COVID-19 Update

The cumulative cases in the county are now 1487 up from 1447 with confirmed cases in Stratford on Avon District at 366 up from 362 representing an increase of just four new cases since the previous week which is one more case than last week, but still encouraging. Testing is continuing at Stratford College and the Track and Trace procedures have commenced.

Out of the 423 SWFT Hospital Beds there are six cases of COVID-19 and one case in intensive care.  With the updated ONS figures sadly the cumulative deaths across Stratford District are now 155 (an increase of seven in the last week) which includes 77 from the care home settings.  The cumulative total of all COVID-19 deaths in Warwickshire is now 489 and over the same period there have been 2887 non COVID-19 related deaths in Warwickshire.  Across the county there have been 186 COVID-19 deaths in care homes settings compared to 901 non COVID-19 deaths in care homes over the same period.  

The capacity in hospitals remains good with 1% of beds occupied by COVID-19 patients and 15% with suspected COVID-19 patients  There are 31% of beds occupied by Non-COVID-19 patients and a spare capacity of 53% reinforcing that the NHS is very much open for business! 

Wellesbourne Market

No current plans for the market to be reopened in view of strict social distancing and event management guidelines for operators.

Waste Household Recycling

The online booking system continues to work really well and the sites open include Burton Farm in Stratford and Princes Drive, Leamington Spa: https://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/hwrc  More dates will be released on a continuing basis by WCC but remember a household can only book on visit every two weeks. Still no news as yet on the reopening of Wellesbourne or Shipston.

Discretionary Business Grants

Stratford on Avon District Council has been allocated an additional £1.6million to support businesses across the district as part of the Government’s Local Authority Discretionary Grants Fund.

The scheme aims to provide support for businesses through the Covid-19 pandemic in addition to the Small Business Grant and the Retail, Leisure and Hospitality Grant Funds, which remain open for eligible ratepayers to apply who have not yet claimed.

SDC is anticipating a huge demand for the Grants and therefore is setting a maximum limit of £10k.The scheme will provide support to businesses that fall into a number of main priority areas:

·       Bed & Breakfasts which pay Council Tax

·       Small businesses in shared offices or other flexible workspaces,

·       Regular market traders with fixed building costs

·       Charity properties in receipt of charitable business rates relief

The basis of the scheme is set out below and the full policy is on the website . However, the Council is accepting applications from other Businesses significantly affected by Covid 19 who:

·       are suppliers reliant on the retail hospitality and leisure industry who were not included within the original scheme

·       have a Rateable Value greater than £15k but are outside of the retail, leisure and hospitality sectors

·       have a Rateable Value marginally greater than £51k but could be considered as a small business

·       are a Small Business who are not eligible for Small Business Rate Relief as they occupy a second

·       property with a combined value below £15k

·       are a business unique to the tourism sector within the Stratford District.

For more information on the scheme, please read the Council’s policy for the grant .Applications can be made from Monday 8th June to Friday 26th June 2020 via https://www.stratford.gov.uk/coronavirus/discretionary-business-grant.cfm

Severn Trent

You will have seen that there have been difficulties with water pressure  within certain areas of the midlands region and this extended as far as areas of our ward. Some issues with long standing structural issues and other due to increased demand.

If you know of anybody who is shielding or vulnerable it is wise to insure they are listed with Severn Trent on their vulnerable list as they will get prioritized. If a Vulnerable person is without water for 6 hours Severn Trent will provide an alternative source of water and it is 12 hours for a non vulnerable person. To ask to be added to the list call the operations dept on 03457 500500

Shop Openings

The opening of our shops on 15th June will be particularly welcomed by us all and some businesses are adopting a booking system to meet the social distancing requirements. It is worth checking out websites before visiting.

Wishing you all a great weekend!

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