21st March 2020 The current position on schools. After the Prime Ministers speech (18th March) we can report that all state funded schools in the UK closed on Friday afternoon 20th March until further notice. Private establishments were being encouraged to follow suite. Some attendance will be allowed for children of key workers, the details of which will be expanded on by government soon. We know that many people have questions about why the government’s response to coronavirus did not include closing schools before now. This measure has now been introduced as the government explained "at the right time". This was to ensure that any measures were sustainable, in order to limit the impact of childcare arrangements on parents of NHS and other frontline workers, and has enabled schools to have time to look at alternative methods of teaching (e.g. using technology).
There is a dedicated helpline number for educational settings for anything not covered by the guidance – please call 0800 046 8687.
Looking after your health and wellbeing. It’s important to know what’s going on, but if you’re finding that the constant stream of news updates and social media is causing you to become worried or stressed, you could limit the amount of time you spend reading or watching things which aren't making you feel better.
Perhaps decide on a specific time to check in with the news, or stick to the trusted sources of information to find out what you need to know. You can find information and tips on looking after your mental health on Every Mind Matters
LiveWell Dorset have just the thing to support your wellbeing at this time: The Five Ways Challenge. Over the following weeks, Five Ways Challenge participants will join together virtually to take care of our wellbeing. Join the Five Ways Challenge!
With so much talk about coronavirus, it’s hard to know which sources of information you should keep up to date with.
This is a rapidly changing situation, but we will keep you up-to-date with any new advice and guidance when it becomes available. You can also sign up for alerts to get updates from the government on coronavirus
The Do's and Don'ts of protecting yourself and others from the coronavirus should be followed every day until this pandemic has reached the stage where it is no longer essential to do so. That may be some time away so it is important that everyone does their best to protect themselves and others.
24TH March 2020 Updated stay at home guidance.
Stay at home to stop coronavirus spreading
This is no longer 'Advice'- The government is insisting now that you must follow these rules:
Everyone must stay at home to help stop the spread of coronavirus.
This includes people of all ages – even if you do not have any symptoms or other health conditions.
You can only leave your home:
If you have symptoms, or someone in your household does, do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. You do not need to call NHS 111 to tell them you are staying at home. If you feel you can’t cope with your symptoms at home, your condition gets worse, or your symptoms do not get better after 7 days, then use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service.
Stalbridge Pharmacy can deliver your prescriptions, so if you are currently staying at home and self-isolating then you can give them a call on 01963 362246 during their opening hours which you can find out by visiting their facebook page.
Waste collection advice if you have symptoms of coronavirus. Personal waste (such as used tissues) and disposable cleaning cloths can be stored securely within disposable rubbish bags. These bags should be placed into another bag, tied securely and kept separate from other waste. This should be put aside for at least 72 hours before being put in your usual external household rubbish bin or authorised blue sack.
Recycling, food, glass and garden waste can be disposed of as normal.
The two main symptoms of coronavirus are: