Coronavirus support network
Hoton Village Hall Committee, with the support of Hoton Parish Council, have set up an initiative to ensure that resudents can all support one another during the current COVID-19 pandemic.
It is clear that people in the village will at some point either be unwell or need to self isolate. To make sure that people who needed help, for example with shopping or the collection of prescriptions, are able to ask for that help and that those who can offer support are able to do so a Facebook private group, called Hoton Local Support Network, has been set up which villagers can join if they choose. It is also a means for us all to keep in touch and look out for our neighbours. A WhatsApp group has also been established for the same purpose. Both of these groups will be private, only for people who live in the parish (including Hoton Hills, Hoton Park and our farms)
We recognise that not everyone in the village is on email or uses social media and would therefore ask that you contact anyone who you know cannot use these networks and post any requests on their behalf.
To join these networks:
WhatsApp: Send an email to Hotonvillagehall@gmail.com with your name and telephone number.
Monday 17 May – Step 3 on the government roadmap
Some of the rules on what you can and cannot do will change on Monday 17 May. This includes:
- Indoor hospitality, events and entertainment/ attractions will be permitted
- The rule of six (outdoors) will be eased, but outdoor gatherings are still limited to 30 people. Up to six people (or two households) can meet indoors.
You can find the full list of guidance that applies from Monday at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/covid-19-coronavirus-restrictions-what-you-can-and-cannot-do?priority-taxon=774cee22-d896-44c1-a611-e3109cce8eae#how-the-rules-will-change-on-17-may.
It's important to remember to follow the guidance and take the next step on the roadmap safely. Coronavirus is still in Leicestershire, and you can find the latest data on the number of cases here: https://www.leicestershire.gov.uk/coronavirus-covid-19/Coronavirus-data-for-cases-in-Leicestershire.
You'll find two graphics attached that can be shared on WhatsApp or social media.
Vaccinations – latest eligibility
Vaccines are now available to those aged 38 or over. More details can be found on the Leicester hospitals website here. You can also book a vaccination at a pharmacy or the Peepul Centre via this link: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/
And finally…FA Cup final
For those lucky enough to be a ticket holder for tomorrow's FA Cup final at Wembley, lateral flow testing is available (and essential for all those attending) at all 7 county sites, and 6 in the city. Anyone heading to Wembley who isn't booked in yet, must book a test at www.leicestershire.gov.uk/fa-cup-covidtest.
Wherever you are watching, enjoy the game!
To help others within the village please refer to the support network at the top of this page.
Other volunteer programmes are:
Beware of coronavirus scams
Unscrupulous criminals are exploiting fears about COVID-19 to prey on members of the public, particularly older and vulnerable people who are isolated from family and friends. National Trading Standards is warning people to remain vigilant following a rise in coronavirus-related scams that seek to benefit from the public's concern and uncertainty over COVID-19.
Closure of parish council facilities
Current Government restrictions mean that the tennis court is currently closed due to the risk of spreading infection. The play equipment, playing field, wildlife area and open spaces remain open for daily exercise within social distancing rules. Further information.
The telephone kiosk book share scheme is currently closed.
Please be considerate and respect the needs of others and avoid burning garden waste if possible. People with respiratory problems are extremely vulnerable to the effect of smoke inhalation and requiring treatment for this puts them at risk of exposure to Covid-19. In addition, many residents are spending more time at home and the nuisance from bonfire smoke may prevent them from spending time in their gardens, which may be the only place where they can get exercise, relax or enjoy some fresh air.