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Coronavirus update - Friday 30 October 2020

With cases rising and the city at risk of being moved into the Government’s Tier 2 Coronavirus lockdown rules its more important than ever to make sure we stay alert, control the virus and save lives.

This weekend sees us celebrate Halloween in a slightly different way and although it wont be the same as last year under the ‘new normal’ that doesn’t mean we cant have fun and enjoy it! Read on to see how you can win a Love2Shop voucher…

Act now to avoid Tier 2

Plymouth is on the verge of moving into Tier 2 COVID restrictions which will mean tougher restrictions but there is still time for us all to work together to avoid this by stopping the infections in the city rising further.

Encourage your family, your friends and your community to stay on board with the recommendations:

  • Wash hands – for at least 20 seconds regularly but always after: you blow your nose, sneeze or cough, before and after you eat or touch food and when you return home from being outside
  • Wear you face covering – this stops you from passing on the virus
  • Socially distance – stay away from others to stop COVID-19 in its tracks. Try to keep at least 2 metres from people, as if we don’t get close, we cannot pass it on
  • Get a test – if you have symptoms, no matter how minor including:

                         - a new continuous cough

                         - a high temperature

                         - a change or loss of sense of smell or taste

  • Self-isolate properly – that means staying at home and not leaving:

                         - If you or someone in your household or support bubble has symptoms and is waiting for a test

                         - 10 days if you have tested positive

                         - 14 days if you have been in close contact with someone testing positive

  • Stick to six – the rule of six applies both indoors and outdoors if you are meeting anyone outside of your support bubble or household
  • Socialise and be outdoors – if you can, its safer than indoors
  • Work from home – if you can
  • Travel safely:

                         - Walk or cycle

                         - Avoid busy times if using public transport and wear a face covering

                         - If car-sharing – do it safely, keep windows open and wear a face covering

  • COVID doesn’t take a holiday – and it doesn’t mind who it infects, so be careful when socialising, even with loved ones when we often let our guard down

We all want to avoid the measures of Tier 2 as we will not be able to see our families and friends indoors and local businesses will suffer so we need to work together as a city to make sure we stay safe.

Always let us know if you or someone in your family has symptoms or isolating before we visit your home.

Read here for the full latest Government guidelines.

Halloween

While the Government hasn’t offered any official guidance on trick or treating, it’s going to be a little different this year and while there will be no parties or gatherings with friends, local Police have urged people to take extra care. A spokesperson for Devon and Cornwall Police said:

“This year we’re asking everyone, whatever they’re doing for Halloween, to take extra care in this Tier 1 COVID alert area. Follow the rule of six, wear a face covering when appropriate, wash your hands regularly and make space.

“Due to the rule of six which applies indoors and outdoors, gatherings that exceed this limit, like traditional Halloween parties, cannot take place this year. Police and partner agencies ask trick or treaters to follow Tier 1 guidelines or to consider alternative ways to enjoy Halloween at home.

“Remember that some people, particularly if elderly or vulnerable, might be distressed by strangers knocking at their door during the evening – even more so during the coronavirus pandemic. 

“You can download and print a ‘Sorry, No Trick or Treat’ poster from our website here to display on your front door in a window if you are shielding or don’t wish to take part. You can offer a poster to vulnerable neighbours or relatives too.”

Halloween Competition – win a £20 Love2Shop voucher!

But that doesn’t mean that’s the end of the Halloween fun – head over to our Facebook page to find out how you can win a £20 Love2Shop voucher – by telling us how you’re spending your Halloween at home this year – and we want to see your pictures!

Bonfire night

Bonfire night is also upon us in the next week – and while fireworks can be great fun for families, the evening still ends in painful injuries for too many people, including very young children. Here’s how to keep you and your family safe this bonfire night by following the firework code:

  • Plan your firework display to make it safe and enjoyable
  • Only buy fireworks which carry the CE mark, keep them in a closed box and use them one at a time
  • Read and follow the instructions on each firework using a torch if needed
  • Light the firework at arm’s length with a taper and stand well back
  • Keep naked flames, including cigarettes, away from fireworks
  • Never return to a firework once it has been lit
  • Don’t put fireworks in pockets and never throw them
  • Direct any rocket fireworks well away from spectators
  • Never use paraffin or petrol on a bonfire
  • Make sure that the fire is out and surroundings are made safe before leaving
  • Have fun and enjoy!

Rent and payment changes

We’re committed to making sure that we can help you so it’s important to contact us as soon as possible if you have any money worries. We’d like to reassure our residents that we will not evict anyone due to a loss of income as a result of Coronavirus. Call us on 0808 230 6500. 

Yesterday was International Credit Union Day. Credit Unions encourage members to save regularly, provide loans at low interest rates and help members in need of financial advice and assistance.

They are an excellent alternative to unscrupulous loan sharks.

Find out more about the City of Plymouth Credit Union.

Food Plymouth

We have been working with Food Plymouth. They have put together an online resource to help people who need to access emergency food. This could be through lack of funds or not being able to get out to the shops.

You can find out more here.

Other places to turn to for help

We’re working with police teams on reports of anti-social behaviour which you can report to us on 0808 230 6500 or 0800 028 7377 (out of hours). 

If things are getting too much, don’t suffer in silence. You can contact the National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 200 0247 or the Plymouth Domestic Abuse Service on 0800 458 2558. There’s also information here.

Thank you for your continued support and patience, and stay safe.