Long Melford Parish Council is monitoring the information issued by the relevant authorities to ensure that its response to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic remains in line with national guidance and is as effective as possible.
For the latest Government information regarding the Local Covid Alert Level (the COVID-19 tier or lockdown status) and any restrictions applying to the CO10 Babergh area (including Long Melford) please click on the link below.
The NHS Contact Tracing App can be downloaded to compatible smart phones from the NHS webpage at
The Government’s latest general coronavirus guidance can be found on the internet at
For details of the ‘Knock & check on a Neighbour’ scheme, see the leaflet here.
Please note that, in accordance with Government guidance and legislation, the Council has had to take the following action:
Cancelling its physical meetings, and instead conducting them remotely using Zoom videoconferencing.
Not convening the Annual Parish Assembly during 2020. More infomation about this can be found here.
THE STATUS OF THE PRIMARY FACILITIES PROVIDED BY THE COUNCIL IS AS FOLLOWS.
● The Council Offices, Cordell Road.
The Council Offices have been closed for the duration of the Tier 4 lockdown, with the staff working from home except for essential access. Post will be collected several times per week.
● Melford Country Park, Rodbridge.
The Park remains open to the public. Social distancing requirements apply. The café is providing a takeaway service only.
● The Public Toilets, Melford Country Park and Melford Green.
The toilets remain open to the public. Social distancing requirements apply.
● Long Melford Cemetery, Melford Green.
The Cemetery remains open to the public. Social distancing requirements apply, together with additional COVID-19 restrictions for people attending a funeral in the Cemetery. Details of those restrictions can be found here.
Please remember that if attending any of the Council’s facilities you must comply with the social distancing requirement to stay at least two metres away from anyone that isn’t from your household. Members of the public who have been diagnosed with or are displaying symptoms of COVID-19, or who live with someone who has been diagnosed with or are displaying coronavirus symptoms, or who are otherwise self-isolating for any reason must not enter the Council’s facilities. Detailed guidance from the NHS regarding self-isolation can be found here.
MEASURES TAKEN IN LONG MELFORD REGARDING THE COVID-19 CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC
During the coronavirus crisis the Parish Council’s overriding focus will be the protection of the local community. The Council has liaised with various organisations to determine how people affected by the coronavirus, especially the vulnerable, might best be supported.
If you are in a lower risk group (under 70 years of age and healthy), as well as taking the usual precautions we encourage you to look out for your immediate neighbours, especially those who are elderly or vulnerable. This may involve phoning periodically, or helping with shopping, prescriptions, walking dogs, putting out bins and so on.
If you are in the higher risk group (over 70 years of age or with underlying health issues), it’s possible that you will need to self-isolate for several weeks. If for any reason you cannot get adequate support from family, friends or neighbours, the organisations listed below can offer additional support, or put you in contact with someone who can. Local radio may also be an important way to keep connected and to receive information.
Remember the basic advice to avoid contracting coronavirus: WASH HANDS, COVER FACE, MAKE SPACE.
If you need help with shopping, prescriptions, lifts to essential appointments or other support please consider contacting one of the following:
● Volunteers Co-Ordinator – Lee Phillips 07851 959389
● Long Melford Good Neighbours Scheme 07504 249179
● GoStart Community Transport 01787 242116
* For anyone wanting to volunteer, please contact Lee Phillips, Tel. 07851 959389 or Cllr John Nunn, Tel. 07792 357039
The following are able to help with shopping requests:
● Budgens – will deliver locally 01787 377766
● Willow Tree Farm Shop – will deliver locally 01787 280341
● Long Melford Co-Op – will pack for collection 01787 379821
(Deliveries from the Co-Op can be arranged via GoStart Community Transport, Tel. 01787 242116)
The following organisations are also available to help:
● Holy Trinity Church – Rev’d. Matthew Lawson 01787 310845
● United Reformed Church – Ronia Deeks 01787 375643
● Primary School (school times only) 01787 379929
● Neighbourhood Watch – Stuart Finch 07967 472488
● Babergh District Council – Cllr John Nunn 07792 357039
● Suffolk County Council – Cllr Richard Kemp 07545 423812
● Home But Not Alone Scheme 0800 876 6926
● National Domestic Violence Helpline 0808 200 0247
● First Response Mental Health Help Helpline 0808 196 3494
Donations of food can be made at The Swan Deli, Hall Street. If you know of anyone who might benefit from some food essentials, or who wishes to make a food donation, please contact Cllr Lisa Tipper, Tel. 07867 514975
GENERAL COVID-19 CORONAVIRUS ADVICE
If you become unwell, the current advice is to self-isolate for at least 10 days from the onset of symptoms.
Some people who contract COVID-19 are asymtomatic – that is to say they don’t experience any symptoms and will be unaware that they are infected unless they are tested. They can still infect others, however, with potentially serious consequences for those to whom they pass the virus.
Most people contracting COVID-19 will experience mild to severe symptoms. Older adults and people who have severe underlying health problems like heart disease, lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk of developing more serious complications due to coronavirus illness. Symptoms may appear 2 to 14 days after exposure to the virus. The most commonly reported symptoms are:
● A high temperature (more than 37.8C / 100F), and/or
● A new continuous cough, and/or
● A new loss of smell or taste, and/or
● Tiredness or fatigue
Other common symptoms include:
A headache, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, chest pain, aches and pains, diarrhoea or vomiting, a sore throat, a skin rash, discolouration of the fingers or toes, abdominal cramps, conjunctivitis.
It has been reported that a very small number of children have also been affected by an inflammatory disease linked to coronavirus, which in some cases can can cause serious complications requiring intensive care. The symptoms resemble Kawasaki Disease, including a high fever, rash, red eyes, swelling and general pain.
FOR MORE INFORMATION AND ASSISTANCE, VISIT:
● NHS Coronavirus advice
● Suffolk County Council: Home But Not Alone Scheme
● Coronavirus support for people with dementia
● Coronavirus support for people with cancer
● Suffolk Mind – Resources for children, parents and carers
● OneLife Suffolk – Helping local people live healthier lives
● Sudbury & District Citizens Advice
● National Domestic Abuse Helpline
● Coronavirus advice from Which?
● Suffolk County Council: Trading Standards – Coronavirus scams & non-compliant businesses
● Suffolk Police