I hope you all had a happy Easter and the continuing lock down isn’t getting you down too much. Don’t forget if you know someone is on their own, give them a ring, it’s far more cheering than an e-mail. Rutland council is continually updating its web pages https://www.rutland.gov.uk/my-services/health-and-family/health-and-nhs/health-and-support-services/coronavirus/ and although the headings remain unchanged the content does change –promise. Hospitals locally are currently coping very well but have noted a significant reduction in attendance at accident and emergency departments. If you are ill ‘phone your general practitioner, 111 or, in an emergency, 999 –we don’t want people getting seriously ill or dying because they don’t want to be a burden on the health service at this time.
There has been some confusion over whether cemeteries are open or not. Government guidance is now that if you enter a cemetery, to visit a grave for example, social distancing rules apply. However, the organisation who maintains the cemetery, whether parish or church, is responsible for it and for ensuring the rules are followed so it is their decision on whether to open it or not.
The good news nationally is that coronavirus seems to be under control but that will only continue if we all follow the rules. Only go out for collecting medication and essential shopping, and preferably no more than once a week, and then only one person from the household. Only take one form of exercise outside the perimeters of your home once a day. Do not undertake unnecessary journeys, whether by bike or car, and this includes visiting family and loved ones; even if you have baked them a wonderful cake! And above all keep your distance when you are outside your home. Remember, family groups are those you are currently living with not members of your family who you don’t live with but might see in the street –you must still keep your distance from them. Stay safe. Stay happy.
County Councillor, Normanton Ward
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