GOVERNMENT GUIDANCE UPDATE
1. Public spaces / outdoor activities / exercise
1.1 What can I do from Wednesday 13 May that I couldn’t do before?
There will be a limited number of things you can do on Wednesday that you cannot do now:
- spend time outdoors – for example sitting and enjoying the fresh air, picnicking, or sunbathing
- meet one other person from a different household outdoors – following social distancing guidelines
- exercise outdoors as often as you wish – following social distancing guidelines
- use outdoor sports courts or facilities, such as a tennis or basketball court, or golf course – with members of your household, or one other person while staying 2 metres apart
- go to a garden centre
At all times, you should continue to observe social distancing guidelines when you are outside your home, including ensuring you are 2 metres away from anyone outside your household. As with before, you cannot:
- visit friends and family in their homes
- exercise in an indoor sports court, gym or leisure centre, or go swimming in a public pool
- use an outdoor gym or playground
- visit a private or ticketed attraction
- gather in a group of more than two (excluding members of your own household), except for a few specific exceptions set out in law (for work, funerals, house moves, supporting the vulnerable, in emergencies and to fulfil legal obligations)
If you are showing coronavirus symptoms, or if you or any of your household are self-isolating, you should stay at home – this is critical to staying safe and saving lives.
1.2 I don’t have to stay at home anymore?
You should stay at home as much as possible. The reasons you may leave home include:
- for work, where you cannot work from home
- going to shops that are permitted to be open – to get things like food and medicine
- to exercise or spend time outdoors
- any medical need, including to donate blood, avoid injury or illness, escape risk of harm, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person
These reasons are exceptions and a fuller list is set out in the regulations. Even when doing these activities, you should be minimising time spent away from the home and ensuring that you are two metres apart from anyone outside of your household.
1.3 Are you reopening tennis courts / golf courses / basketball courts etc
Yes. Sports courts can re-open, but you should only partake in such activities alone, with members of your household, or with one other person from outside your household, while practising social distancing. You should take particular care if you need to use any indoor facilities next to these outdoor courts, such as toilets.
You should not use these facilities if you are showing coronavirus symptoms, or if you or any of your household are self-isolating.
1.4 Can I meet my friends and family in the park?
You can meet one other person from outside your household if you are outdoors. Public gatherings of more than 2 people from different households are prohibited in law. There are no limits on gatherings in the park with members of your household.
SUPPORT DURING THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK
During this difficult and unprecedented time, we want to ensure that everyone is able to keep themselves safe and well as much as possible. The Parish Council are coordinating a group of Street Volunteers to help support those who are vulnerable and self-isolating. Street Volunteers are delivering flyers with their name and contact details on so that you are able to contact them if you need help. In addition, with this letter you should have received a red and green card. If all is well and you are okay, please display the green card in your window. If however you do need some assistance, please display the red card in your window and a Street Volunteer will call on you. There is no need to let anybody in to your home, and the volunteers will be happy to chat to you through your window if needed. The types of support that they can help with are:
- Delivery of food and/or supplies
- Collection and delivery of prescriptions
- A friendly chat if you are feeling isolated
If you are feeling unwell, please follow the government guidelines and contact NHS 111 for advice. In an emergency call 999.
The Horizon project are offering a telephone counselling service or a friendly chat on the end of the phone. Just give them a call on 07855 652753 or 07807 204412.
In addition to this, the following local businesses are offering free delivery services for the elderly.
- The Cabin – 01782 302041
- Whiston’s Milk – 01782 305543
- Funky Fillerz – 01782 303104
- Mantra Indian Restaurant – 01782 551122 (also discounts available to NHS staff)
- Julia’s Café – 01782 303060 (also delivering items from the Toolbox)
- Shopeezy – 07961 923951
To register as a Street Volunteer, email your details to the Clerk at firstname.lastname@example.org, or use the ‘Contact Us’ page of the website.
A copy of the ‘I Can Help’ flyer is available below and can be collected from many local shops, including the Cabin, Co-op, Funky Fillerz, Julia’s Cafe and Tool Box.
FRAUD ALERT: COURIER SCAM
Residents living in the north of the county are urged to be on their guard following a number of reports of courier fraud.
A courier scam is when fraudsters call and trick you into handing your cards and PIN numbers to a courier on your doorstep. There are many variations of the scam, but it usually follows this method:
- A fraudster will cold call you on a landline, claiming to be from your bank or the police. They state their systems have spotted a fraudulent payment on your card or it is due to expire and needs to be replaced.
- In order to reassure you that they are genuine, they suggest that you hang up and ring the bank/police back straight away. However, they don’t disconnect the call from the landline so that when you dial the real phone number, you are actually still speaking to the fraudster.
- They then ask you to read out your PIN or type it on your phone keypad. They may ask for details of other accounts you hold with the bank or financial service provider, or ask you to verify details of your last transaction.
- Finally, they send a courier to you to collect your bank card. The fraudster will have then obtained your name, address, full bank details, card and PIN.
If you receive one of these calls end it immediately, and do not engage with anyone who calls to collect your card or PIN.
Protect yourself against courier fraud:
- Your bank will never send a courier to your home
- Your bank and the police will never collect your bank card
- Your bank and the police will never ask for your PINPlease share this advice with friends or relatives who may not have access to our updates, particularly elderly parents, grand-parents, friends and neighbours.
FRAUD ALERT: VISHING
Fraud over the phone – or Vishing – is when a fraudster calls claiming they are from your bank or some other trusted organisation e.g. the police. It is easy for them to convince you too, since they can both fake the telephone number on the screen and do their research to find out some of your basic bank and personal details. Remember though, a genuine bank will never ask you for personal or financial details like your PIN number or full banking password (even by tapping it into your phone keypad).
Five things look out for on a scam phone call:
1. The caller doesn’t give you time to think, tries to stop you speaking to a family member or friend or is insistent and makes you feel uncomfortable.
2. The caller asks you to transfer money to a new account for fraud reasons.
3. They phone to ask for your four-digit card PIN or your online banking password. Even if they ask you to give it to them by tapping into the telephone keypad rather than saying the numbers out loud, this is a scam.
4. They ask you to withdraw money to hand over to them for safe-keeping.
5. They may say that you are a victim of fraud and offer to send a courier to your home to collect your cash, PIN, payment card or cheque book.
Be vigilant, do not engage in conversation, put the phone down and tell someone you trust. If you have been a victim of such a fraud and you have handed money to someone, please contact 101 or Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.
FRAUD ALERT : TV PROVIDER DISCOUNT FRAUD
We have been made aware of a scam that is currently taking place around the country. Fraudsters are cold-calling victims, claiming to be from a television provider and offering a discount on their monthly subscription.
Victims have been told the following: their subscription needs to be renewed; that part or all of the TV equipment has expired and they are due an upgrade on the equipment.
In order to falsely process the discount, the fraudster askes victims to confirm or provide their bank account details. The scammers may also request the victim’s identification documents, such as scanned copies of passports.
The fraudsters are using the following telephone numbers: 0844 711 1444, 0203 519 0197 and 0800 151 4141. The fraudsters’ voices are reported to sound feminine and have an Asian accent.
Later victims make enquiries and then discover that their TV service provider did not call them and that the fraudster has made transactions using the victim’s bank account details.
Since the beginning of the year there have been 300 Action Fraud reports relating to this scam. From the reports received, victims aged over 66 seem to be the most targeted.
So far we are not aware of any such incidents in Staffordshire, but Staffordshire Police are warning people to be on their guard. If you receive, or have received such a call, please contact Staffordshire Police on 101 and report it.