Latest news and information about the ongoing coronavirus situation
This is where we add the latest news and information about the ongoing coronavirus situation.
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Support for families in need
If you are in need of support with food and essentials at this time, please visit the Hampshire County Council webpages for contact details for your nearest source of support.
15 October 2020: Safe events - including Halloween and Bonfire night
We are entering a crucial stage in the pandemic and events and celebrations, such as Halloween and bonfire night, should be a little different this year.
The Rule of 6 is a law and no more than six people should meet indoors or out.
The Director of Public Health for Hampshire and Isle of Wight has said: Large public events should not take place - Should event organisers choose to continue with events, they will be referred to the Safety Advisory Group to ensure adherence at all times to the strictest public health precautions, and will be required to demonstrate that the necessary COVID-secure measures are in place.
12 October 2020: Local restriction alert levels announced
The government has announced a three-tier alert system for Coronavirus lockdown restrictions in England.
The three levels are very high, high, and medium.
New Forest is in the medium tier and must follow the Covid restrictions for England. There are no additional local rules.
Pubs, bars and restaurants must close at 10pm.
You can read more about what you can and cannot do on the government's website.
6 October 2020: Rule of six
Social gatherings or other disturbances that breach Government legislation or the 'rule of six' should be reported as a breach of COVID regulations on the Hampshire Constabulary website or by calling 101.
28 September 2020: Test and trace support payments
From today you are required by law to self-isolate when instructed to by NHS Test and Trace. Those on lower incomes who cannot work from home and have lost income as a result will be supported by a payment of £500.
22 September 2020: Prime Minister's Commons statement on coronavirus
The Prime Minister made a statement today (22 September) on coronavirus to the House of Commons setting out new restrictions.
The Government will introduce new restrictions in England, carefully judged to achieve the maximum reduction in the R number with minimum social and economic damage, whilst ensuring that schools and universities stay open.
To this end the Government will implement the following:
21 September 2020: Update from the UK Chief Medical Officers on the coronavirus alert level:
A joint statement was published (21 September) from the four UK Chief Medical Officers recommending that the UK coronavirus alert level move from level 3 to level 4. Announcement: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/update-from-the-uk-chief-medical-officers-on-the-covid-19-alert-level
Some of our services may be running differently as we respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Updates about individual services can be found on the service web pages.
The advice from Government can change regularly. Check the government website for the latest updates.
To protect yourself and others, when you leave home you must:
Do not leave home if you or anyone in your household has symptoms. Get a test and self-isolate for at least 10 days.
The New Forest is currently in the medium COVID alert level.
More information about local COVID alert levels and what each level means is available on the government's website. Details about each level can also be downloaded below.
This advice is based on guidance from central government, designed to prevent transmission of the virus.
• Double-bag all waste that contains tissues.
• Do not put it out for collection for at least 72 hours.
Personal waste (such as used tissues and disposable cleaning cloth) should be stored separately to other waste, put in a smaller plastic waste bag and then put into a second bag. This should be tied and kept separate from other waste in the room/s in which you are self-isolating. You can then place these into your black sack for collection.
Do not put it out for collection for at least three days. As an example, if you have filled/tied a bag on a Monday and your collection is due on a Thursday, that bag can be put out for collection on Thursday morning. However, if you have filled/tied a bag on a Monday and your collection is due on a Wednesday, you would need to hold onto that bag until your collection day the following week.
Other household waste can be disposed of as normal. Find out more about coronavirus changes to waste and recycling services.
A helpline to provide information and advice, as well as practical support to Hampshire residents. The Hampshire Coronavirus Support and Helpline can be contacted on 0333 370 4000.
If Coronavirus has had an impact on you or any aspect of your life, including anyone who is self-isolating, please call the helpline for advice and support.
As you find yourself recovering from COVID-19 you may still be coming to terms with the impact the virus has had on both your body and mind.
These changes should get better over time, some may take longer than others, but there are things you can do to help.
Your COVID Recovery from the NHS, helps you to understand what has happened and what you might expect as part of your recovery.
Fraudsters are using the COVID-19 pandemic to scam people. Hampshire constabulary offer advice to make you aware of some of the more common scams:
Email, text and phone call scams:
Always question unsolicited calls, texts or emails requesting your personal or financial information. Verify the company contact them directly using a known email or phone number.
NFDC update emails - Sign up to receive the latest updates about our services and government coronavirus guidance
Contact us - Get in contact with us by live chat, email or on the phone
Reporting a problem - Details on how to report issues to us or partner agencies
Coronavirus FAQs - Information about what you can and cannot do
Financial support - Support with universal credit, self employment, furlough and more
Shielding advice - Advice for people who are clinically extremely vulnerable
Travelling safely - Walk, cycle or drive alone where possible. Face coverings are mandatory on public transport
Volunteering - How to keep yourself and others safe when helping out
Coronavirus symptoms - Find out more about the symptoms: new continuous cough, high temperature, loss or change of taste and/or smell
Test and trace - How to get a test, understanding results and what to do if you are contacted by the NHS Test and Trace service
Self-isolation - Understanding what self-isolation means and when you should do it