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Coronavirus memo - 12th July, 2020 - Cllr Dr.Paul Barrow

on Mon, 13/07/2020 - 7:18pm

A message from Paul Barrow, District Councillor for Ridgeway Ward, Vale of White Horse

The government is planning to lift restrictions on shielded residents at the end of this month. Residents that had previously been advised to stay at home during lockdown for their own safety will be able to visit shops again to get their groceries and other necessary supplies. They will still need to follow the latest government advice on social distancing measures, but it will allow them to be much more independent.

It also means that the government’s food parcels programme will be coming to an end.

The Vale we will be making some adjustments to their food distribution service, which was set up to complement the national scheme to support any resident that needed help and not just those that were shielding. The Vale will be contacting these residents shortly to let them know what ongoing support is available if, for whatever reason they feel uncomfortable or unable to go to the shops for their essential supplies. This could be for financial as well as health related reasons, so they will be offered support in connecting them with the relevant group or organisation that is best placed to help on an ongoing basis.

The Vale are also getting in touch with the superb volunteer groups to explain that their valuable services may still be needed as there will be some residents that despite this new freedom may still feel uncomfortable leaving their homes.

Leisure centres and indoor swimming pools can re-open from the 25 July. This is planned in a phased manner, with each centre operating differently depending on the facilities they have. It will take a little time to assess all the centres in line with the guidance given yesterday to make sure that when they are ready to open, they are safe for both staff and customers. However, there’s quite a bit of work needed to make this all happen by 25 July, which is going to be a challenge!

Unfortunately on advice the outdoor splash pools and swimming pools in Abingdon and Wallingford will not be opened this year.

Please remember that in opening play areas follow the advice given:

  • wash or sanitise hands before entering the play area and then again after you leave
  • if the play area is busy – come back at a quieter time
  • follow social distancing
  • only one adult per child is allowed in the play area at a time

All Council play areas in Wantage are open.

Paul Barrow

District Councillor for Ridgeway Ward