In this newsletter:
- A letter from the Leader of the Council
- A message from The Mayor of Broxtowe
- Guidance for those who are clinically extremely vulnerable
- Support available
- Business support package update
- Remembrance 2020
- Other news
Dear residents and businesses
As we enter a new phase in our efforts to control coronavirus in our area, I am writing to you directly to ask you to do the right thing and follow the latest guidance.
This will protect our NHS. This will protect local services. This will save lives.
As of Thursday 5th November, Broxtowe, along with the rest of England entered a national lockdown. The full list of restrictions can be found at www.broxtowe.gov.uk/coronavirus.
This is because in the last few weeks, the number of people testing positive has risen sharply. Transmission has increased in all age groups, especially in people aged 60 or over. This is a grave concern because it is the group which is most vulnerable to serious complications associated with coronavirus infection.
These infections are leading to serious pressures in our health and care system – they have prepared for this second wave but already the number of beds occupied by patients with COVID-19 is exceeding the first wave peak. Services beyond health and care are also experiencing severe challenges with increasing levels of staff absence due to sickness or isolation.
Curbing this increase in cases requires us to act now to slow the spread of infection. The additional restrictions will last until 2nd December. They will not be easy for anyone and I know many of you are frustrated, anxious and worried about your families and livelihoods and that is totally understandable. But I need to be clear that it is essential that each of us gives our full support to these new measures.
Of course, this is not just a health issue, it’s about livelihoods. Extra funding from Government will help support our businesses and workers and we are doing everything we can to also support community groups.
It would be easy for us to ignore the situation and continue our lives like we always have, or think that these measures won’t make a difference, but that is simply not a risk we can take. We must all work together to protect one another, prevent more deaths and show our gratitude to our NHS, delivery drivers, supermarket workers and other key workers. If we
don’t, all of the sacrifices we continue to make will be have been in vain.
Let’s beat this together, Broxtowe.
Leader of the Council,
Councillor Milan Radulovic MBE
Mayor of Broxtowe, Councillor Janet Patrick
Broxtowe, as always, has remained a compassionate place during the pandemic, where we look out for each other and help those in need. Groups and individuals across the Borough have done their very best to care for those who are more vulnerable in our society.
As we all go into our second national lockdown let us continue to care for each other and let kindness be our motto. Let it be said that Broxtowe has been a supportive and caring community who look out for each other and continue to do so, throughout this difficult year.
As we’re now under the new National Restrictions, which came in to place on Thursday 5 November, here’s some of the key restrictions to note.
- You can still visit our playgrounds, parks and open spaces.
- You can exercise or visit outdoor public places when on your own, with 1 person from another household.
- You can leave home to attend a place of worship for individual prayer.
- Recycling centres with remain open.
- You cannot meet anyone socially outdoors unless they are in your household or support bubble.
- You can exercise or visit outdoor public places with the people you live with, your support bubble, or 1 person from another household. Children under 5, and anyone dependent on continuous care do not count towards the 2 person limit.
- You cannot meet in private gardens.
- Parents will still be able to access some registered childcare and other childcare activities where reasonably necessary.
- Early years settings can remain open.
- Parents are able to form a childcare bubble with another household for the purposes of informal childcare, where the child is 13 or under.
- Retailers providing essential goods and services can remain open.
- You may only leave home for specific reasons, including; for education, for work if you cannot work from home, for exercise and recreation outdoors, for medical reasons, appointments and to escape injury or harm, to shop for food and essentials, to provide care for vulnerable people, or as a volunteer, to provide childcare.
- Pubs, bars and restaurants must close, except for takeaway and delivery services.
To keep up with all the latest updates and check guidance in full, please check the official Government website.
Updated Guidance for Clinically Extremely Vulnerable
The Government has announced further guidance for clinically extremely vulnerable people in England as the country introduces new national restrictions from 5 November.
The new advice details further precautions those in this group can take such as staying at home unless shopping for food or exercising and not meeting up with people outside of the household.
Support to get essential supplies
If you are vulnerable and need help to get food, medicine or community support, please get in touch with the Nottinghamshire Community Support Hub www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/coronaviruscommunityhub or call 0300 500 80 80
In some circumstances, if you are required by law to self-isolate, you may be supported by a payment of £500, payable from Broxtowe Borough Council. Find out more about this scheme and other financial support at www.broxtowe.gov.uk/testandtracepayment or call 0115 917 7777
The impact of the pandemic on you and your loved ones and not being able to enjoy all of the activities you would normally be involved in can all have an impact on your health. It is important to remember to look after yourself. Useful resources to support you, your family and friends can be found at www.broxtowe.gov.uk/wellbeing or call the Nottinghamshire Mental Health Helpline between 9.00am and 1.00pm, seven days a week on 0300 555 0730
Accessing NHS services
If you have symptoms or a health concern you are worried about, please contact your GP practice. GP practices are still open and here for you. When you call your practice, you may be offered a consultation online or over the phone. If they feel they need to see you in person, they will invite you in for a face to face appointment. Read more for guidance at https://nottsccg.nhs.uk/covid-19/gp-appointment-guidance/
Business Support Package Update
We are currently awaiting further information from government on how the financial support packages, which were agreed on 26 October 2020 with Council Leaders, will be paid out to those businesses affected by the latest restrictions. As soon as we are given this vital information, we will begin the process of getting the payments immediately to those who are eligible.
We appreciate that the delay in government guidance will cause concern for some businesses and we are working to try and get that detail more quickly for you. Rest assured that as soon as we have that information, we will start making payments to those eligible.
Marking Remembrance during lockdown
We are 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.
We’re asking residents to take part in Remembrance at home, in these three ways:
- Watch our live streaming of the Remembrance ceremony at home using the following link http://ow.ly/n53Y50CdvdX
- Take part in the two-minute silence at your doorsteps -stand on your doorsteps to take part in the two-minute silence at 11.00am on 11 November. Take a photo and share your photos with us on Facebook and Twitter and using #BroxtoweRemembrance
- Take Part in the Legion’s 2020 Poppy Appeal online at https://www.britishlegion.org.uk/
- Book of Remembrance – Leave a message of thanks
My Favourite Park Competition Winner
You may remember that we ran a competition for children to submit their drawing of their favourite park in Broxtowe.
We’re excited to announce that Mia aged 6 has won and when we contacted her mum to announce the good news they were out enjoying a trip at the park!
Mia’s mum told us that Mia was super excited when she found out. Her school had given the children an online learning app that wouldn’t work as her mum’s phone is too old for the operating system. Now they have downloaded the app and she can continue her learning from class at home with her new tablet. It’s going to make a big difference for Mia to be able to work through the online activities at home.
Reconnect This Winter
Whilst we may not be able to do some of the things we are used to this winter, there are still lots of things you can do to enjoy Broxtowe, reconnect with family and friends and support your wellbeing.
We’re encouraging local people to reconnect this winter by stopping for a moment or two to help you escape the everyday, do things that make you feel good, improve your wellbeing and help look after one another.
We’ve put together lots of resources for you to reconnect with:
- Local Heritage
- Local Businesses
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:
A new hotline has been launched to stop fraudsters illegally targeting COVID stimulus schemes. Call the COVID Fraud Hotline (0800 587 5030) anonymously and free of charge to report suspected fraudulent activity.
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.