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Cornwall Council: Weekly Briefing – 2 November 2020

Hello,

Please find the update below following the weekends announcement.

I expect to email a further update on Wednesday when we hope to have received more Government guidance about the lock down.

Best wishes, Julian

Dear colleagues

As you will all be aware, the Prime Minister has announced that we will enter a second lockdown on Thursday.

The public health data we are seeing shows that while cases are lower than other areas of the country and other parts of the south west, we are beginning to see a rise in the number of cases in Cornwall, with a clear rise in the figures in the past week.

These cases are currently affecting younger age-groups, and we are not yet seeing the rise in infections in those aged 60 and over which is causing such great concern across the rest of the country.

Even without high levels of cases, RCHT (Treliske) has been at Opal 4 (used to be black alert). There is incredible pressure on our health and care system in spite of an increase by 20% of hours of domiciliary care available compared with this time last year. Our hospital, social care and residential care are operating at full capacity now. Our continued thanks to all those working in these areas. It is really important that you use NHS 111 to access urgent medical care, so that you can been sent to the correct location to be treated in the most prompt way. For emergency medical care, continue to use 999

We would have hoped that Government would consult with us and other local authorities ahead of any decisions taken about a lockdown. Sadly this was not the case and it was clear that the media knew details of the proposals well before Councils.

Nevertheless, our hope is that these tighter restrictions will prevent the spread of the virus into our older generations and will then help to reduce the growing pressure on our health services. This is a crucial moment and we will be asking our residents to join with us to continue to follow the public health advice and help us protect Cornwall’s residents.

new Government guidance here and our website has been updated to reflect the latest information too, which you can access here.

There are a number of differences between the previous lockdown in the spring and the new regulations, some of which I will summarise for you below:

FACILITY CLOSURES

Although the majority of non-essential businesses and venues are being ordered to close, there are some differences.

Household Waste Recycling Centres are remaining open, as are playgrounds and country parks.

Restaurants, bars and pubs are allowed to continue to provide takeaway services, but takeaway of alcohol is not permitted.

SCHOOLS AND UNIVERSITIES

Schools and universities will remain open during the lockdown, as will early-years childcare settings.  Parents are also allowed to form a childcare bubble with another household for the purpose of informal childcare, where the child involved is aged 13 or under.

HOLIDAY HOMES

Guidance is clear, you are not allowed to go on holiday, or to visit second homes, except for in exceptional circumstances where it is necessary to be able to work.  Visit Cornwall has already issued guidance to say that holidays which started before Thursday can be completed, but any breaks planned to start from Thursday onwards must be cancelled.

SHIELDED RESIDENTS

Unlike the spring, those considered to be especially vulnerable to the effects of the virus will not be asked to shield this time around.  Those deemed to be clinically extremely vulnerable and are employed are asked to work from home, while all are advised to go outside for exercise when possible. The Government is set to write to all those who previously shielded this week to offer the latest advice.

Our first priority is to protect our most vulnerable residents, and I will update you with details on our plans as soon as I can.  Anyone who needs our support should contact our dedicated support email address at covid19@cornwall.gov.uk.

MEETING WITH OTHERS

You are allowed to meet with one person from another household to exercise outdoors, and children under school age are allowed to attend those meetings.

Adults living alone are now allowed to form a support bubble with another household, meaning they can visit each other’s homes, stay overnight and meet in outdoor spaces.

We will now await further clarification from the Government on the exact details of the new guidance, and of the financial support being offered for those directly impacted by the new rules. This will include lobbying for the freedom to spend the £28 million of Government business rates grant money allocated to Cornwall which we want to transfer to discretionary business rates grants so that we can help our struggling businesses.

Important links

All coronavirus related enquiries or issues to our dedicated email addresscovid19@cornwall.gov.uk.  This email address is monitored throughout normal business hours.

Anyone who needs help can request a volunteer by ringing 01872 266988 or emailingrequestforhelp@volunteercornwall.org.uk.

Find out more about the support available for businesses here: Business Rate Support Council Tax Support and Growth Hub

I will update you again as we know more.

Please continue to look after yourselves

Best wishes

Julian

Julian German

Hembrenkyas an Konsel

Konseler Kernow rag Pastel-vro An Ros

Leader of the Council

Cornwall Councillor for the Roseland Division

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