There are literally hundreds of sites with information on how the lockdown works, and while we don’t strive to daily blog information, we’re including things of note which are worth reading and sharing. We hope you’ll visit the page for updated information.
13 May: Covid Info Champion update
15 April: West Herts 13th Covid Information Champion bulletin
6 April: West Herts 11th Covid Information Champion bulletin
26 March: West Herts 10th Covid Information Champion bulletin
18 March: West Herts 9th Covid Information Champion bulletin
10 March: West Herts Covid Update 8
27 February: West Herts Covid Update 6
13 February: West Herts Covid Update
29 January: FREE Rapid Testing for Keyworkers now available!
Find out where the nearest ones are here: https://www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/about-the-council/news/news-archive/rapid-testing-now-available-in-hertfordshire?dm_i=5ESZ%2CBGPT%2C1M7KCU%2C1B4YK%2C1
18 January: Herts Rural Support Network Covid-19 Information Update Issue 1
Please read this update from Herts Rural Support Network
15 January: The nitty gritty on Covid vaccines!
13 January: Neighbourhood Watch: Please follow the COVID restrictions or face a fine says Commissioner
Due to the rising number of covid restriction violations in our area, fines are being enforced much more frequently.
Included in its entirely, this email from OWL detailing the situation:
Hertfordshire residents are being urged to stay home and stay safe, or risk a fine as police enforce the rules against blatant offenders.
Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd has recorded a video message praising the vast majority who are doing their best stop the coronavirus spreading.
He is reminding everyone that all unnecessary contact with another person, puts people and their families at higher risk. It is also a potential link in a transmission chain that could lead to a vulnerable person.
Since March 2020 Hertfordshire Constabulary have issued over 400 fixed penalty notices, which has included those attending parties, and vehicle drivers and passengers who were not on essential journeys.
The government advice is only leaving your home if it is essential to do so, and stay local. The limited reasons include to exercise, to shop for groceries, to buy medicine, to go to work if you absolutely cannot work from home, and to escape domestic abuse.
Mr Lloyd said: “While we as individuals play our part, I can assure you that our police officers are dedicated to keeping us safe. On behalf of us all I thank them for that.
“In addition to arresting criminals as they did before the virus, they are charged with enforcing the new restriction laws.
“They have a very difficult role in ensuring the treatment of members of the public is balanced and proportionate.
“Enforcing these laws saves lives. Officers have, and will continue to question and fine those who are blatantly ignoring them. Hundreds of fines have been issued in Hertfordshire during lockdown and more will continue to be given out for those who wilfully ignore the guidelines.”
For the latest information on the official government guidance visit at https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus and health advice is available at the NHS website https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
You can watch Mr Lloyd’s full video message at https://youtu.be/4EAE4TYIjFg.
Recycling Centres During Lockdown
Here’s the latest status on recycling centres. https://www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/services/recycling-waste-and-environment/recycling-and-waste/where-can-i-recycle/household-waste-recycling-centres/household-waste-recycling-centres-local-tips.aspx?dm_i=5ESZ,B3G6,1M7KCU,19JOU,1
4 January: National Lockdown
With changes in our national health system, there’s always bound to be confusion, and sadly, people who will see a way to profit from unsuspecting people. Please ring friends who could be victims of such a scam below, and of course check in on them.
Here’s one of the latest bogus text alert brought to our attention by Neighbourhood Watch which takes advantage of the introduction of 2 vaccines and the news reports and conversations around them. There’s some good advice here, and sources of information about scams, avoiding them and staying safe.
20 December: Tier 4
What a difference just two days make, and the news that all of London and Hertfordshire are now designated Tier 4.
Copy/pasted the details from MP Daisy Cooper below:
As such, the new Tier 4 restrictions mean that:
- All of us previously in Tier 3 (which all of Herts is in) must stay at home, apart from limited exemptions set out in law.
- Non-essential retail, indoor gyms and leisure facilities, and personal care services must close.
- People must work from home if they can, but may travel to work if this is not possible, for example in the construction and manufacturing sectors.
- People should not enter or leave tier 4 areas, and tier 4 residents must not stay overnight away from home.
- Individuals can only meet one person from another household in an outdoor public space.
- Unlike the November national restrictions, communal worship can continue to take place in tier 4 areas.
- Residents should not mix with anyone outside their own household at Christmas, though support bubbles will remain in place for those at particular risk of loneliness or isolation.
- As before, there will be no relaxation on 31 December, so people must not break the rules at New Year.
18 December Tier 3 Status and Info
Our friends at Communities 1st are looking for volunteers at vaccination centres in our area. If you or someone you know are willing and able, please check out their info here: https://www.communities1st.org.uk/CovidSteward
And finally, here’s a flyer worthy of sharing, from #LitterHeroes. (And when possible, buy reusable masks! Which Magazine has an in-depth look at what’s out there, and what’s best. https://www.which.co.uk/reviews/face-masks/article/best-reusable-face-masks-awLeA3A6XoZD )
If anyone notices regular build-up of discarded PPE would they please email details of the whereabouts to so that we can deploy a notice in that area. Our Litter Heroes are out and about this Christmas, trying to keep our village litter free wherever possible.
As you know, new measures are in place to reduce the likelihood of a second wave of the virus from taking hold. As a result, some events may be changed or even cancelled. We’ll try and keep up to date here as best as possible.
We’re sorry to inform you that the PSRA Well Being Day scheduled for 11 October in the Village Hall has been postponed to a later date in 2021, owing to the uncertainties of the pandemic and recent resurges throughout the country.
25 July Updates
As you know, a lot has changed in just the past month. Across England face masks/coverings are now compulsory inside shops as well as on public transport. There are numerous local sellers who can make a personalised mask, please shout out for ideas, if you need to.
I make masks for the community, available through my site–Masks from Jacob’s Cottage, email, or Facebook messaging. In addition, I donate them for fundraising events. Please come to our Macmillan Cakes and Family Fun Day on the Rec on Sunday, 27 September, as I’ll have a small selection of masks for sale, all 4-layered in compliance with the latest recommendations from health organisations. – Editor
Hertfordshire Covid-19 Local Outbreak Plan published. See their open letter to residents which details what would happen in the event of another outbreak.
4 April: Organisations Offering Help/Soliciting Volunteers
There are now several worthy local groups which have sprung up due to the needs and concerns about elderly or vulnerable neighbours and relatives, including our own Association. We’re here for you if you need us, or are worried about somebody, as our group of magazine delivery volunteers know their neighbours. Please reach out to Joy if you or someone you know in our Village needs assistance.
The site Herts Help is available to advise residents on funding, care requests such as asking for assistance for a relative in need, or somebody trapped in an abusive relationship. This link is a good place to start: https://www.hertshelp.net/Our-services/Support-in-a-crisis/Support-in-a-crisis.aspx
Among the volunteer efforts, Communities 1st is asking residents to sign up and volunteer for a wide-ranging variety of roles, such as delivering food or doing errands, providing a conversation, and more.
People in need of support are invited to visit their site, or phone them at www.communities1st.org.uk/covid19sup 020 8207 5115
Many in our community have begun self-isolating, in order to reduce the risk of infection by this virus, particularly the elderly and people with conditions which make them especially vulnerable to infection.
One local resident, Hayley Franks has started a group “Here to Help“ for people in our neighbourhood to ask for and to offer help to people here who are home bound and self-isolating.
If you’re wiling and able to help, join the discussion at https://www.facebook.com/groups/224500272078733/?ref=gs&fref=gs&dti=408624269616382&hc_location=group Even a phone call to check in is appreciated, if you’re unable to get out.
Legitimate Sources of Information
Hertfordshire Council is maintaining an information page with relevant links and up to the minute information about the virus here.
There is a plethora of good information online, but we’ll continue sharing anything relevant and useful to our community.
Unfortunately, with the virus outbreak comes rumour and speculation which you may start seeing much more often, including text copy/pasted on Facebook. The best rule of thumb is to not share the information, especially if it’s attributed to friends or relatives of people in the know. Remember, any changes or discoveries, etc. will be shared worldwide by legitimate news sources. Please always verify first before passing on second or third hand information.