National lockdown: Stay at Home
Coronavirus cases are rising rapidly across the country.
You should only go out for medical appointments, exercise or if it is essential.
Approximately 1 in 3 people who have coronavirus have no symptoms and could be spreading it without realising it.
Remember - ‘Hands. Face. Space
Help control the virus
To protect yourself and others, when you leave home you must:
- Wash hands - keep washing your hands regularly
- Cover face - wear a face covering over your nose and mouth in enclosed spaces
- Make space - stay at least a metre away from people not in your household
If you are feeling unwell, get a test and do not leave home for at least 10 days.
Do not leave home if you or someone you live with has either:
- a high temperature
- a new, continuous cough
- loss of taste
Use the 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do: https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19/
Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.
How long to stay at home:
- if you have symptoms of coronavirus, you'll need to stay at home for 7 days
- if you live with someone who has symptoms, you'll need to stay at home for 10 days from the day the first person in the home started having symptoms
- If you live with someone who is 70 or over, has a long-term condition, is pregnant or has a weakened immune system, try to find somewhere else for them to stay for 14 days.
The Suffolk Advice and Support Service:
This phoneline helps anyone that needs support with housing , debt or employment worries. The number is 0800 068 3131.
Residents on low incomes or benefits can now get financial help if they are told to self-isolate due to COVID-19 as Suffolk councils extend support payments to help more people.
Councils across Suffolk are helping administer the Government grant scheme to help people remain at home and do their bit to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
Details about the Test and Trace Support Payments can be found on District and Borough Council websites and how to apply for it. This is part of a range of measures that councils across Suffolk have introduced to support communities and businesses during the coronavirus pandemic, which includes the new Suffolk Support and Advice Service phoneline to help those facing financial difficulty.
If you have been contacted by NHS Test and Trace and told to self-isolate on or after 28 September 2020, you are under a legal obligation to do so, and could be eligible for a £500 Test and Trace Support Payment.
Those who are not eligible for the government test and trace payment might be able to access the discretionary payments using the same application process and we encourage anyone self-isolation to have a conversation with the teams at your local council.
Visit your District or Borough Council websites for details on how to apply for the £500 Test and Trace Support Payment: East Suffolk Council www.eastsuffolk.gov.uk.
The demand on Suffolk’s foodbanks continue to grow. For a full list of foodbanks please visit here: https://www.suffolk.gov.uk/coronavirus-covid-19/suffolk-advice-and-support-service/food-banks/
The Home, But Not Alone phoneline is now up and running again, and can help those who are clinically vulnerable, self-Isolating or need assistance with access to food, medication and community support. The number is: 0800 876 6926
Information from the Citizens Advice Bureau
To inform you that during the new lockdown measures, Leiston and Saxmundham District - Citizens Advice will continue to remain open to take calls (10-2 Mon,Tues,Thurs,Fri on 01728 832193) and emails on from clients in need.
- All Parish Council meetings are to be held via Zoom for the forseeable future.
News from Community Action Suffolk:-
To help communicate the wide range of information that is being shared on a daily basis, we have been updating our Covid-19 pages on a daily basis with all useful links, resources and guidance we receive. This week, our brand new CAS website has gone live with even more updates and useful information. We have also created new‘quick link’ buttons from our homepage to make information even easier to find.
For VCSE Organisation Support visit https://www.communityactionsuffolk.org.uk/covid-19-response/
For Community Support including Good Neighbour Scheme information visit https://www.communityactionsuffolk.org.uk/covid-19-response/covid-response-communities/
To register your Community Emergency Response visit https://www.communityactionsuffolk.org.uk/coronavirus-community-emergency-response/