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Coronavirus update - Friday 1 April 2022

Please take a moment to familiarise yourself with the latest coronavirus update. We also have advice if you're concerned about energy prices. 
Plumer House is now open and we are planning to reopen our Frankfort Gate shop on around April 12. We will keep you updated on this. 
 
Additional booster shot for certain groups
Some vulnerable people are now being offered another booster jab. People aged 75 and over, and those with compromised immune systems are invited to book a fourth jab. You can book your booster by clicking here.
 
Covid-19 cases are heading in the right direction 
Since our last update, a big spike in new cases has begun to level off and reduce slightly. However, case numbers are still very high in the city.
 
We can all do our bit to keep this number heading down.
 
Although the rules and restrictions have now been lifted, residents are urged to remain cautious and self-isolate if you test positive.
 
Home testing kits 
From today (Friday 1 April) you will need to pay for lateral flow test (LFT) kits.
 
You can now buy LFTs from a number of high street stores. Lloyds Pharmacy is selling a pack of five tests for £9.29, and most supermarket pharmacies are also selling kits for a similar price.
 
Face masks
Whether you wear a face covering or not is now a personal choice. 
When visiting your home, PCH staff will continue to ask if you would prefer a mask to be worn. 
 
In other news:
 
Energy price hike kicks-in
The cost of electricity and gas has gone up from today. We understand that this may be a stressful time but it’s important not to fall behind on your energy bills. 
 
There are people you can speak to if you need help or advice. 
 
Let your energy supplier know if you're struggling and they will try to work with you, rather than getting yourself into debt.
 
Alternatively, you can visit the Plymouth Energy Community website by clicking here. The charity offers advice and assistance with energy bills.
 
If you're struggling to keep up with your rent or service charges, please call us on: 0800 028 0350
 
Gardening session at The Beacon
On Tuesday 5 April there will be an open gardening session at The Beacon. The session will be held from 12.30pm to 2pm and luckily, the temperature is set to improve by then.
 
Everyone is welcome to attend, whether you’re green-fingered or not. 
 
If you would like to pop along, or have any questions, please email: tess@tesswilmot.co.uk