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Help for those that need to go into self-isolation due to COVID-19

19th March 2020

Dear Bletchingley Parishioners,

This is a formal letter from your Parish Council concerning COVID-19.

As of the 16th of March, the government announced a series of measures designed to reduce the spread of Covid 19. This can be found on the attached link. 

They have recommended that those with the most serious health conditions go into self-isolation from social contact for around 12 weeks.  This includes:-

  • People who have serious chronic medical conditions including heart disease, live disease, diabetes, lung disease or chronic neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s, MND, MS or cerebral palsy.
  • Those with reduced immunity to virus no matter their age, particularly those adults who would normally be advised to have the flu vaccine.
  • Older Adults over 70 years of age (regardless of medical conditions)
  • Pregnant women

We are of course mindful that some villagers in the above categories are isolated, either by reason of their having no family, relatives or neighbours who regularly keep in touch or that their house is isolated and off the beaten track.

The government also announced that if one person in any household starts to display flu like symptoms, everyone living there must stay at home for 14 days in self-isolation. This includes avoiding leaving the house even to buy foods or essentials.

If you belong in any of the above categories, then we would ask you please E-Mail myself at: sally.ray@btinternet.com

You can be assured that any contact details or information you send to us will be completely confidential and only be used in accordance with your wishes.

The Parish Council is collating a list of volunteers in the village willing to assist those who either need to reduce social contact or isolate themselves.  The intention is to provide the following services:

  • Picking up shopping
  • Being a supportive voice at the end of a phone call
  • Posting Mail
  • Urgent supplies / prescriptions

Even if you don’t need any help at this time, if you are at risk we recommend you contact us as we will be able to give you volunteer details should the need arise in the next few months and also with your permission provide a check in service over the isolation period to make sure you are well.

All volunteers will be registered with the Parish Council and will have suitable identification that we will provide to you so that affected parishioners can be assured of the bona fides of such volunteers and their own safety.

Best Regards

Sallyanne Ray (Chair of Bletchingley Parish Council)