COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic

During the coronavirus crisis the Parish Council’s overriding focus will be the protection of the local community, its employees and members. The Council has liaised with representatives from many organisations in the village to determine how people affected by the coronavirus, especially the vulnerable, might best be supported. The Council has also considered how the numerous volunteers, who responded to Cllr. John Nunn’s Facebook request, could help. Please note the following:

If you are in a lower risk group (under 70 years 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 or with underlying health issues)
It’s possible that you will need to self-isolate for a significant period of time. If for any reason you cannot get adequate support from neighbours, friends and family, 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.

If you become unwell
The current government and NHS advice is to self-isolate for 7 days if you develop a high temperature (more than 37.8C or 100F) or a new, persistent cough. If your condition deteriorates (e.g. shortness of breath) contact or phone 111. In an emergency dial 999 as usual. Please keep abreast of news as this advice may change.

If you need help with shopping, prescriptions, lifts to essential appointments or other support please consider contacting one of the following:
LM Volunteer Co-Ordinator Cllr. Jayne Lines     07851 959389
Long Melford Good Neighbours Scheme              07504 249179
GoStart Community Transport                                01787 242116
* For anyone wanting to volunteer, please contact Cllr. John Nunn on 07792 357039

If needed, 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. Liz Malvisi         07891 018162
Suffolk County Council – Cllr. Richard Kemp      07545 423812


Precautionary measures
● Wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds.
● Use hand sanitiser gel if available, or ordinary soap and water.
● Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze.
● Put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards.
● Stay 2 metres (3 steps) away from other people, if you need to go outside (social distancing).
● Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.
● Stay at home to stop coronavirus spreading.
● Only leave your home to shop for basic essentials, do one form of exercise a day, for any medical need (e.g. a visit to a pharmacy or to deliver essential supplies to a vulnerable person.
● Only travel to and from work if this is absolutely necessary – work from home if possible.

If you have coronavirus symptoms
● Continue to stay at home.
● Self-isolate for 7 days.
● To protect others, do not go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.
● Use the 111 online coronavirus service, at to find out what to do.
● Phone the 111 coronavirus service, but only if you cannot get help online.
● For life-threatening emergencies, call 999 for an ambulance.
● After 7 days, if you do not have a high temperature, you can stop self-isolating.
● If you still have a high temperature after 7 days, keep self-isolating until it returns to normal.

If you live with someone who has symptoms
● You will need to self-isolate for 14 days from the day their symptoms started.
● If more than 1 person at home has symptoms, self-isolate for 14 days from the day the first person started having symptoms.
● If you get symptoms, self-isolate for 7 days from when your symptoms start, even if it means you’re self-isolating for longer than 14 days.
● If you do not get symptoms, you can stop self-isolating after 14 days.

After self-isolation
● You still need to stay at home when you finish self-isolating, but you can go out for essential trips such as buying food etc..

Government Guidance: Coronavirus (COVID-19) – What You Need to Do
NHS Coronavirus advice
Guidance from Public Health England on social distancing and for vulnerable people
Covid-19 Cornonavirus: Latest Government Information
Suffolk County Council: Home But Not Alone Scheme
Babegh District Council: Bin collections during COVID-19
Coronavirus support for people with dementia