Do the right thing - protect your community and keep Stroud District safe

Published: Thursday, 4 June, 2020

Stroud District Council leaders are uniting in calling for everyone to keep doing the right thing and protect our communities from the Coronavirus, as some aspects of lockdown ease.

“Although some elements of the lockdown are easing, the threat posed by this deadly virus remains very real,” said Stroud District Council Leader Doina Cornell. “Most people have observed all the guidelines and rules, and communities have come together so well to make sure our most vulnerable residents are protected.

“As the leaders of all four main political groups at SDC, we are united in thanking everyone who has done the right thing and continues to do so -  but now we are at a key point. Although we can now get out more, we still need to do as much as we can to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus.”

She urged everyone to follow the new Government guidelines:

  • Stay at home as much as possible
  • Work from home if you can
  • Limit contact with other people
  • Keep your distance if you go out (2 metres apart where possible)
  • Wash your hands regularly
  • Do not leave home if you or anyone in your household has symptoms.

Changes have been introduced but we still cannot visit friends and family inside their homes. Also we cannot stay away overnight except for a limited set of circumstances, nor use outdoor gyms or playgrounds; nor gather outdoors in a group of more than six (excluding members of your own household).

A new regional COVID-19 testing centre is set to open at Hempsted Meadow, Gloucester from 5 June – anyone who has symptoms should book a test straightaway.

Also, it can be hard to know what to do if you're not well due to a non-Coronavirus illness, but NHS services still want and expect to be contacted. These are the best ways:

  • If you have an illness that won’t go away, contact your family doctor – use your GP surgery's website, the NHS app, or call the surgery
  • If you need urgent help, when your GP surgery is closed, call NHS 111
  • For life-threatening emergencies – call 999 for an ambulance.
  • If you are not sure where to turn, you can use the www.nhs.uk website, NHS app or the local www.asapglos.nhs.uk website, or ASAP Glos NHS app.

The NHS in Gloucestershire has also developed a new on-line portal to provide advice to the public during the Covid-19 pandemic: https://covid19.glos.nhs.uk/ 

Stroud District Council will continue to support local residents, community groups, and businesses with advice, grants and support, and will be working closely with the County Council and Town Councils to ensure high streets can reopen safely as restrictions ease in the coming weeks.  

Stroud District Council continues to support people who have been identified as vulnerable, and has a publicly-available database of organisations in towns and villages across the district. All of them are listed on an interactive map set up and run by SDC to make it easier to find help

The new national test and trace program could mean some people who were not expecting to self-isolate may have to stay in their homes for up to 14 days.

“While family members and neighbours look out for each other, some people don’t have those networks, so the map can help those who cannot or must not leave the house,” said Councillor Cornell. “People who can’t access the map online can still call the council on 01453 766321.”

We know that many community groups which are supporting residents need support too – the Stroud District Resilience Fund is a £100,000 pot of SDC and Gloucestershire County Council money which has paid out more than £40,000 to groups which are making a difference to peoples’ everyday lives.

For local updates, please visit www.stroud.gov.uk/coronavirus

 

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