We’re here to help everyone in our district get through lockdown safe and well
Published: Wednesday, 4 November, 2020
Stroud District Council stands ready to support residents and businesses through the new lockdown period which starts tomorrow (Thursday, November 5).
The current COVID alert level in the Stroud District is Medium, and the Government lockdown is being brought in to limit numbers of those becoming infected and protect the NHS.
Everyone must continue to play their part.
The Council is re-activating emergency plans to help everyone in the Stroud District get through this month-long period safely.
The national restrictions include:
- You must work from home if you can.
- You must not socialise indoors with people who are not from your household or your support bubble, and can only meet with one person outside if not part of your household – at a distance of 2 metres.
- All non-essential shops must close to shoppers visiting in person, but they can offer click-and-collect or delivery services.
- Hospitality businesses must close to visitors, however they can offer takeaway, delivery or click and collect services.
- Gyms, leisure centres, cinemas and museums must close.
- Nurseries, schools and colleges remain open.
- Supermarkets, food stores, and pharmacies remain open.
What we’re doing to help:
- We are making £500 Test and Trace payments to people who must isolate after a positive test.
- Administering new grant support arrangements for businesses affected by closures. Details of the schemes and the application process will be publicised as soon as they are confirmed.
- We have a £100,000 Community Resilience Fund for local groups and organisations which are helping people most in need. Set up by Stroud District Council and Gloucestershire County Council, £53,000 has been committed so far.
- We will support all Clinically Extremely Vulnerable people, to make sure they are safe at home.
- We have been working with communities to ensure everyone sticks to COVID safety measures since March, and the Council will continue to enforce the latest rules.
- Our Covid Compliance team is working proactively with businesses to provide takeaway, collection and delivery services safely.
- Community Protection Officers are offering face coverings and hand gel, tips on social distancing and are working with retailers to help them be Covid secure.
- We have produced a community support pack, providing valuable support to vulnerable residents.
- We keep an updated online list and interactive map of community groups and organisations which are helping those in need.
- We regularly share information on how to access a Coronavirus test.
Residential waste and recycling services will continue as normal, council-run parks, playgrounds and recreation grounds will stay open, and Council-run car parks will remain open – but for essential travel only.
Gloucestershire County Council-run household recycling centres including the facility at Pyke Quarry in Horsley will remain open for pre-booked visits.
Information on all of these services, and more is available at a dedicated section of the Stroud District Council website: www.stroud.gov.uk/coronavirus
“We have to ensure local people, our communities and the NHS are safe and protected,” said all four SDC political Group Leaders, Doina Cornell, Martin Whiteside, Ken Tucker and Stephen Davies, in a joint statement. “Everyone must continue to play their part by abiding by the rules.
“We know this is an incredibly hard time for everyone in many different ways – we are here to support our residents and we applaud the work of volunteer groups which are providing vital assistance.
“We are here for businesses too – so many have adapted to preserve jobs and serve their communities. We want to help them continue to do that within the rules of this lockdown.”
Contacting the council:
Many of the answers you need are available at www.stroud.gov.uk/coronavirus - there are more than 30 ways to report issues, pay for services and apply for council services.
Telephone: 01453 766 321
The national restrictions in full: www.gov.uk/guidance/new-national-restrictions-from-5-november#stay-at-home