In this newsletter:
- Residents asked not to mix indoors with people from other households
- COVID-19 Guidance
- Other News
This week, we joined other local authorities across Nottinghamshire in asking residents not to mix indoors with people from other households.
This comes as the number of COVID-19 cases continues to increase across the local area and in anticipation of new restrictions for the whole of Nottinghamshire being announced next week.
We know that asking you not to see friends and family from other households is difficult but we must take action now to stop the spread of the virus further.
There has been much in the news about different groups of people causing the virus to spread but the reality is that the virus is spreading right across our communities, across different ages groups and we all need to do everything we can to stop it continuing.
As well as asking you not to mix with people from other households, please do the right thing by:
Remembering hands, face, space
- HANDS – wash hands regularly for at least 20 seconds
- FACE – wear face coverings in enclosed spaces where you can’t keep your distance
- SPACE – observe social distancing of 2metres (or 1metre with additional precautions where 2m is not possible) – this includes at home if you are mixing with others. Stick to the ‘rule of 6’ for gatherings indoors or outdoors.
Self-isolate and get a free test if you have any of these symptoms
- a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
- a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
- a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal
Download the app
Visit the NHS COVID-19 app website for more details.
The situation is changing very quickly, but we will keep you updated with any announcements as soon as we possibly can.
There will be lots of speculation and rumour so it’s important to be aware of false information:
- Consider the source – where did you receive the information from?
- Cross check – are other reliable platforms sharing the same information?
Follow accurate advice, from accurate sources:
Please continue to read this newsletter, follow our social media channels and website and share information with people in your communities, particularly those who aren’t online and those who may be at higher risk.
If you have coronavirus symptoms you must self-isolate for 10 days.
If you live with someone who has symptoms you must self-isolate for 14 days, if you are found to not be self-isolating you could face a fine of up to £10,000.
Download the NHS COVID-19 App
The app allows you to:
- Report your symptoms
- Check-in at venues
- Book a coronavirus test
- Check your local area risk level
- Get alerted if you’ve been near other users who have tested positive for coronavirus
- Keep track of your self-isolation countdown and access relevant advice
- Help the NHS to trace those infected
- Protect yourself and loved ones
All in one place, you can download the app from Google Play Store or the Apple App store.
The more people that download and use the app, the easier it is to help keep everyone safe from the virus.
Remembrance Sunday – 8th November 2020
As you will be aware, the pandemic has impacted on event programmes around the world and this year’s Remembrance Services are no exception.
The annual Remembrance Sunday commemorations are a significant event in the Borough’s calendar, which allows us all the opportunity to pay tribute to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.
It is important that we are still able to mark this important day. However, the Government has issued clear guidance about the numbers of people who are allowed to gather and we must follow this guidance when organising this year’s Remembrance events.
This means that we will be unable to permit the Remembrance parade in Beeston to take place as part of Remembrance this year.
It also means that the number of people allowed to take part in the wreath laying ceremony at our war memorial will be restricted to six people, as part of a private ceremony.
We will be asking residents not to gather at war memorials at 11.00am to ensure we can keep everyone safe and asking them to participate in the act of Remembrance from home.
Rest assured, we will be putting measures in place to enable this to take place including:
- Live streaming the event for residents to take part from home
- Those wishing to lay a wreath will be able to do so at different times throughout the weekend, provided that COVID-19 guidance is followed at all times.
We have issued the same guidance to Town and Parish Councils and event organisers in other parts of the Borough.
I know this will be a great disappointment to you and it is with a heavy heart that we have had to make this decision. However, it is our duty to keep our community safe, including those who are at a higher risk from the virus.
We will continue to review our plans as new Government guidance is issued.
Councillor Milan Radulovic MBE, Leader of the Council
NAPA Award Winners
We’re pleased to announce that our Activities Co-ordinators, Nicky Gilmour and Lindsay Carter WON the Service Improvement Award from NAPA (National Activity Providers Association). The awards were hosted virtually on Friday 3rd October.
This is great recognition for the excellent work they do in Independent Living. We are all very proud of them and the hard work they have carried out over the past 12 months to establish their new roles and service provision.
Black History Month
October marks Black History month and it’s a good opportunity to learn more about black history and about people from different cultures and backgrounds who may be different from your own.
Here’s just some of things you can do and please send us any other recommendations which we can share with staff and residents.
- The Radio Times have put together a list of documentaries and shows here
- CBeebies have produced a list of Black History Month Resources for parents here
- The Department of Health and Social Care has been sharing stories of people who have fought for equality in the medical profession – find out more here
- View Waterstones’ Black History Month reading list here
- Listen to music from Apple Music UK’s Black History superroom here
Staying up to date
The easiest way to stay up to date is by checking our dedicated Coronavirus webpages.
They contain useful information on:
We also share daily updates on our social media accounts and will be sending you this email bulletin every Friday.
Please share the information in this email bulletin with friends, family, neighbours and colleagues to help us pass on these important messages, particularly if they’re not online.
Please also encourage anyone who isn’t already subscribed to this Email Me Service to sign up at www.broxtowe.gov.uk/emailme so they can receive these updates.
Find the latest guidance from the Government website.