Published 24 November 2020
As 2020 draws to a close, we recognise it has been an incredibly difficult year for us all. We have all had to make significant sacrifices in our everyday lives, and many religious and community groups have already had to change or forgo their customary celebrations to slow the spread of coronavirus and save lives.
This cannot be a ‘normal’ Christmas. But as we approach the festive period, we have been working closely together to find a way for family and friends to see each other, even if it is for a short time, and recognising that it must be both limited and cautious.
Even where it is within the rules, meeting with friends and family over Christmas will be a personal judgement for individuals to take, mindful of the risks to themselves and others, particularly those who are vulnerable. We need everyone to think carefully about what they do during this period, balancing some increased social contact with the need to keep the risk of increased transmission of the virus as low as possible. This is particularly important when considering those who are vulnerable, and before deciding to come together over the festive period we urge the consideration of alternative approaches such as the use of technology or meeting outside.
In this context, the four administrations have reached agreement on a single set of UK-wide measures to help people come together with their loved ones in a way that is as safe as possible.
Today we have agreed that:
It is important that everyone respects and abides by the rules of each nation wherever they choose to spend the festive period. Where there are any variations in our approach, these will be communicated by each administration accordingly. Further guidance will be provided in due course.
The winter holiday period is a time often spent with family and friends, with schools and offices closing and people travelling over the bank holidays. Many have already begun making their plans, and we are today providing clarity to help people make the right choices for them, and enjoy time with those closest to them while staying within the rules to protect us all.
You must not socialise in groups larger than 6 people, indoors or outdoors, other than where a legal exemption applies. This is called the ‘rule of 6’.
You must not socialise with anyone you do not live with or who is not in your support bubble in any indoor setting, whether at home or in a public place.
You must not meet socially indoors or in most outdoor places with anybody you do not live with, or who is not in your support bubble, this includes in any private garden or at most outdoor venues.
You cannot meet anybody socially indoors unless they are in your household or support bubble
You can meet with 1 person from another household in outdoor public spaces, following social distancing. Children under 5 and anyone dependent on continuous care do not count towards the 2 person limit.
Weddings, civil partnership ceremonies can only take place where one of those getting married is seriously ill and not expected to recover. Funerals can take place with up to 30 people in attendance.
You must work from home if you can. If you cannot work from home you should continue to go to work (unless you are clinically extremely vulnerable).
Open. Essential retail should follow COVID-Secure guidelines.
Closed. Can only open for click-and-collect and delivery services.
You can exercise outside on your own or with your household; your support bubble; or one person from another household.
Closed, except for allotments and outdoor playgrounds.
Closed except for takeaway, click-and-collect, drive-through and other delivery services. Takeaway not permitted after 22:00.
Early years, schools and FE colleges open. Universities must reflect wider restrictions.
You can leave home for any medical reason.
Care homes are encouraged to provide safe, COVID-secure visiting opportunities. See the guidance for details on how to keep visits safe.
You must not travel in the UK or overseas other than for permitted reasons, including work, education, medical reasons, caring responsibilities or for essential retail.
You may still use public transport but should only travel for permitted reasons and should look to reduce the number of journeys you make, avoid travelling at peak times and walk or cycle where you can.
Overnight stays and holidays away from primary residences are not allowed, except for work and other education purposes.
Entertainment venues are closed. Public gardens at visitor attractions are open.
If you are 60+ or clinically vulnerable, be especially careful to follow the rules and minimise contacts with others. If you are clinically extremely vulnerable you are advised to stay at home as much as possible, except to go outdoors for exercise or to attend essential health appointments.
Closed. Except for: funerals, broadcasting acts of worship, and individual prayer.
Registered childcare and childcare activities open to enable parents to work, or for respite care. Parents can form a childcare bubble with another household for informal childcare, where the child is 13 or under.
Some youth services are able to continue, such as 1:1 youth work and support groups, but most youth clubs and groups will need to cease for this period.
This letter provides details of support available for vulnerable
residents of Harborough district whilst the country responds to
the challenges faced by the spread of Covid-19 (Coronavirus).
It has been written by Harborough District Council and delivered
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The printers and distributors have taken all necessary measures to
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through mail is considered to be low. However, if you are
uncomfortable about handling this letter, please read it, then put
it to one side and wash your hands with soap for 20 seconds.
Without doubt we are facing the most serious challenge to our normal way of life for many decades and I understand that this is an unsettling time for everyone. I have been heartened by the strong community spirit and fantastic initiatives which have rapidly sprung up across the district to support people during these difficult times.
Residents in Harborough District can now refer themselves, a family member they are unable to help, or someone in their community who they feel needs assistance during the Coronavirus crisis, to the District Council’s Community Hub.
People who are vulnerable and do not have a local support network can contact the council if they:
Support will be delivered in partnership with voluntary and community sector partners. The Community Hub will prioritise those people who are most vulnerable and in urgent need of help and support:
To refer yourself or someone you are concerned about please visit:
Please only call this number if you cannot access the online support provided, so residents
without internet access or with urgent needs can get through.
Please find below a list of other telephone numbers you may find useful.
|Non-urgent Medical & Prescription Advice||111||www.111.nhs.uk|
|County Domestic Abuse||0808 802 0028||www.uava.org.uk|
|Social Care for Children 24 hour line||0116 305 0005||www.leicestershire.gov.uk|
|Social Care for Adults||0116 305 0004||www.leicestershire.gov.uk|
|Emergency Adult Social Care (out of hours)||0116 255 1606||www.leicestershire.gov.uk|
|VASL support for carers and older community||01858 433 232||www.vasl.org.uk|
|Age UK Helpline for people over 70 who are self-isolating and live alone||0116 299 2239||www.ageuk.org.uk|
|MIND mental health support||0300 123 3393||www.mind.org.uk|
Protect yourself and your family from scams and fraud during this time:
Visit www.friendsagainstscams.org.uk for further information.
If you have the internet please check our web pages regularly:
If you do not have the internet, please listen to Harborough FM for updated information.
Tune in to frequency: 102.3 FM. Alternatively, please listen to Radio Leicester on 104.9 FM.
Please follow the Governments’ guidance – stay at home, stay safe and keep yourselves informed by following the latest advice and guidance from official sources. If you need help, or if you know of anyone in our community who is struggling, please contact the council’s Community Hub.
Thank you for your support.
Cllr Phil King
Harborough District Council
If you have been told to self-isolate, you need to stay indoors and avoid contact with other people for 14 days. It is important to follow the advice for the whole period, even if you do not have any symptoms.
stay at home
separate yourself from other people – for example, try not to be in the same room as other people at the same time
only allow people who live with you to stay
stay in a well-ventilated room with a window that can be opened
ask friends, family members or delivery services to carry out errands for you, such as getting groceries, medicines or other shopping
make sure you tell delivery drivers to leave items outside for collection if you order online
clean toilets and bathrooms regularly
think about a bathroom rota if a separate bathroom is not available, with the isolated person using the facilities last, before thoroughly cleaning the bathroom themselves
use separate towels from anyone else in the household
wash crockery and utensils thoroughly with soap and water; dishwashers may be used to clean crockery and cutlery
stay away from your pets – if unavoidable, wash your hands before and after contact
do not invite visitors to your home or allow visitors to enter
do not go to work, school or public areas
do not use public transport like buses, trains, tubes or taxis
Our aim is to support members of our community who have been exposed to the Covid-19 virus. Whether they are self-isolating or infected. By supporting them to stay isolated we aim to keep the vulnerable members of our community protected.
We are not doing this for any sort of reward either financial or for payment in kind. We are all volunteers
We must not be financially penalised e.g. by paying for the supplies provided.
We must not enter any homes which are in isolation.
We must not offer any medical advice.
We must not be put in a position which makes us uncomfortable.
We must take adequate precautions to limit the spread of the virus.
Our aim is to provide free support for the Fleckney & Saddington Communities who are self-isolating due to the exposure or threat of exposure to the Covid 19 Coronavirus. By remaining isolated, we can help to keep the vulnerable members of our community protected.
We can provide the following assistance:
o Dog Walking
o Look after other pets eg. Experienced horse care
o Prescription collections/deliveries
o Any other chores outside of the home
o Posting mail
o Need a friendly chat – give us a call
NEED HELP or would like to VOLUNTEER? Further details and updates available on our Facebook page at Fleckney Village Aid or by visiting https://fleckney.online/aid
Not online? Simply call our hotline on 07934 723302 and our advisor will do everything they can to help you.
We are group of local volunteers willing to offer assistance to the community at this difficult time. No reward is required but our volunteers cannot be financially penalised (payment will be expected for any supplies provided).
To ensure full protection, we will not enter any homes or properties. We cannot, and will not, offer any medical advice and we must not be placed in a position that makes anyone uncomfortable.