As the Government’s cautious road-map out of lockdown continues, people’s health, safety and wellbeing remain of paramount importance. While infection and death rates are decreasing, transmission of Coronavirus is still an extremely serious threat and we all have a role to play in doing our utmost to stop its spread.
This can best be done by continuing to take precautions against catching or transmitting the virus and closely following the Government’s rules for each step of its COVID-19 Response Spring 2021 roadmap out of the current lockdown for England.
This means continuing to abide by the guidelines for social distancing by:
- Washing your hands regularly and for at least 20 seconds;
- Covering your face in enclosed spaces (especially where social distancing may be difficult and where you come into contact with people you do not normally meet);
- Staying two metres apart where possible, or one metre with extra precautions in place.
- It is also essential to stick to the rules around travel and holidaying.
Our Council team continues to provide essential services and support to the residents most in need in our district. They are working in conjunction with many dedicated volunteers who have played a crucial role in helping this work and we are immensely grateful to them.
Residents who need to carry on self-isolating during this time can rest assured that all the support previously available will continue, including financial help.
Our Reopening the High Street team is supporting local small to medium businesses as they reopen and work towards recovery. This includes helping them to carry out comprehensive COVID-19 risk assessments to keep customers and their workers safe; providing signage and aiding the implementation of the two-metre rule in the workplace; and advising on cleaning, handwashing and hygiene procedures in line with current guidance.
As more Government financial packages are announced for the business sector, our Business Support Team is also there to support the recovery and help struggling firms to access much-needed Government grants to address some of the financial impact of the lockdown and to fund recovery activities. We are also offering support and grant aid to local communities to get voluntary projects and services back on track after months of lockdown.
Everyone across the district is working extremely hard to put plans into place for when affected services are able to gradually and safely welcome everyone back. Until then, please continue follow the guidelines to help protect the NHS and our families, friends and colleagues. By keeping infection rates low, we will all be able to get back to doing the things we love sooner.
To access advice and support see https://www.scambs.gov.uk/coronavirus/
For more information on the Government guidelines in the COVID-19 Response Spring 2021 roadmap, see https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
Government Coronavirus restrictions: www.gov.uk/coronavirus
South Cambridgeshire District Council Coronavirus information: www.scambs.gov.uk/coronavirus
Information on financial support to self-isolate: www.scambs.gov.uk/isolation
South Cambridgeshire District Council’s Reopening High Streets Safely Team: www.scambs.gov.uk/business/coronavirus-information-for-businesses/reopening-the-high-street
Support for local businesses: www.scambs.gov.uk/business/coronavirus-information-for-businesses