Coronavirus update - Friday 5 March
On Monday, schools are due to reopen to all pupils and visits to care homes for single named visitors can resume.
This signals the start of the easing of lockdown restrictions, part of the government’s four-step plan to ease lockdown in England.
However, it’s important to remember we are still in lockdown and all social distancing rules remain in place. Please keep following ‘hands, face, space’ measures.
You can read the latest guidance here.
Face masks and social distancing
We would ask that residents wear face masks in communal areas on our estates and in blocks, for example stairwells and laundries.
Thank you to all those residents who have worn face coverings when our staff enter their homes.
We ask you to do this as an extra precaution in addition to the safety measures we already have in place.
We understand some of our residents will be exempt from wearing a face covering due to medical reasons and in this case, the other safety measures of social distancing and moving to a different room if possible must be followed.
If you do not have a face covering, our staff will be able to provide you with a new, individually wrapped mask to wear.
Our staff will be wearing their own face covering, unless the working they are doing prevents them from wearing one.
Please remember that it is still advisable to socially distance in communal areas as well as outside so please continue to keep the 2m distance from others at all times.
Staff Covid testing
Last week we introduced testing for a limited number of staff for those who are working in tenanted properties, in preparation for setting up our own regular COVID-19 testing arrangements.
After a successful trial week, we are pleased to say that our allocation has now increased. We are in the process of finalising an ongoing programme of testing in partnership with Plymouth City Council. This will enable us to accommodate testing arrangements for approximately 180 staff a week.
Do you know a Lockdown Legend? We’d love to hear about the amazing people who have gone the extra mile to support you, your neighbours or your local community. It could be an individual, community group or charity who you would like to thank and deserve recognition for the help they’ve given. You will give your Lockdown Legend the chance to win one of five top prizes of £50, or five runner’s up prizes of £20.
Click here to tell us who has supported you or your community by sending us the details below:
Their name and contact details
Why you’re nominating the above person(s)/group?
Your name and contact details
The deadline for entries is next Friday, 19 March. If you’d like help completing the form or to nominate someone by phone, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0808 230 6500. The winners will be chosen by our management team.
Please check with the person(s) you are nominating to make sure they are happy for their details to be shared with, and to be contacted by PCH.
The following temporary changes to our services have been made until further notice.
- We will revert to essential repairs in your homes during the lockdown but we will continue to do external repairs wherever possible.
- You will still be able to request a future non-essential repair.
- Any new non-essential repairs inside your homes will be booked after lockdown.
- If you already have a routine repair booked to take place in your home during lockdown, we will call you if we need to rearrange it.
If you are due to be visited by a member of our staff, please remember the following:
- We ask our staff to observe two-metre social distancing with residents where possible.
- We ask our staff to wear a suitable face covering when entering a resident's home.
- We will ask you if you or anyone in your home is suffering from Covid-19 symptoms before we arrive.
- When a repair is being carried out at your home please move to a different room and allow our operatives to complete the repair.
- Safety checks in residents’ homes and buildings will continue.
Work on our estates and site visits
- Flytipping removal and clearance will continue.
- Outdoor environmental services will continue.
- Stairwell cleaning will continue.
- Laundries will remain open with social distancing in place.
- Outdoor playgrounds remain open.
- Community rooms will remain closed.
Allocations, lettings, mutual exchanges and sales
- Allocations, lettings, mutual exchanges and sales will continue and will be carried out virtually.
- Only when firm offers are made/final viewings needed will people be able to visit properties.
- Services will be reduced to minimise visits and contact by staff.
- Essential and statutory building safety checks in schemes will continue.
- Face coverings will be worn by any staff entering a scheme.
- Housing with Support welfare and support checks will be over the phone or virtual. Officers will only visit sites in emergencies.
- Communal lounges and guest rooms in sheltered housing schemes are closed.
- Regular enhanced cleaning of sheltered schemes will continue.
Regeneration and construction sites
- Work will continue as planned in line with Government guidance.
Community engagement and resident involvement
- All face to face community activities, groups and consultations, indoor and outdoor, will cease and be replaced by on-line activities.
Housing, Leasehold and Income Officer visits
- Essential visits only – contact to be over the phone or virtual wherever possible.
- Plumer House and our City Centre Shop will remain closed to the public.
- The Beacon will remain closed to the public, commercial tenants will continue to use it and any other activities will stop unless exempt from the lockdown.
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.
We’re still here to help – ways to contact us
- The easiest way to manage your tenancy from a distance is by using MyPCH.
- Webchat is live every week day on our website from 10am until 4pm.
- You can fill out a contact form.
- You can call us on 0808 230 6500.
- Or stay up to date with service announcements and other PCH news, follow us on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.
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.