Leiston-cum-Sizewell Town Council understands that in today’s climate things are rapidly changing on a daily and even hourly basis, with Government advice on the Coronavirus being updated all the time. With all this in mind the Town Council are holding all public meetings virtualy to help protect all the residents of Leiston and urge people to follow the Government announcements, below:
The UK Government has issued the following:
COVID-19 case numbers are rising rapidly across the whole of the UK and in other countries. We must act now to control the spread of the virus. The single most important action we can all take to fight coronavirus is to stay at home, to protect the NHS and save lives.
When we reduce our day-to-day contact with other people, we reduce the spread of the infection. That is why, from Thursday 5 November until Wednesday 2 December, you must:
- Stay at home, except for specific purposes.
- Avoid meeting people you do not live with, except for specific purposes.
- Close certain businesses and venues.
These new measures will reduce the growth rate of the virus, which will:
- prevent the NHS from being overwhelmed
- ensure schools, colleges and universities can stay open
- ensure that as many people as possible can continue to work
From 00.01 on Thursday 5 November these national restrictions replace the local restrictions in your area.
The new measures will apply nationally for four weeks up to Wednesday 2 December. At the end of the period, we will return to a regional approach, based on the latest data.
For more information please head to the UK Government website.
Help Control the Virus
To protect yourself and others, when you leave home you must:
- Wash Hands – Keep washing your hands regularly.
- Cover Face – Wear a face covering over your nose and mouth in enclosed spaces.
- Make Space – Stay at least a metre away from people not in your household.
If you are feeling unwell, get a test and do not leave home for at least 10 days.
If you would like to join a virtual Council Meeting please email the Town Clerk for an invite.
There is also lots of information being shared about the Coronavirus, but we should ensure we are receiving the correct information. Please check the following websites for correct up-to-date information:
Leiston’s Recycling Centre is now open again, but you will need to BOOK A SLOT before you turn up, as you will be turned away.
For those who have an ALLOTMENT PLOT, we ask that you still ensure you follow the social distancing advised by the Government when tending to your plot and you are not spending long periods of time on your plot. We do not expect all plots to be cultivated as your health is a priority. We ask that if you have been asked to stay at home to contact us to let us know. You will not lose your plot.
Please note that NO BONFIRES should be lit on Sundays and Mondays.
The National Allotment Society has advice for those still tending to their allotment:
Leiston Good Neighbour Scheme
Leiston is very lucky to have a Leiston Good Neighbour Scheme in place to help those most vulnerable and isolated, this now includes those that are self-isolating due to the Coronavirus. We ask that if you would like to help your neighbours or if you need any help, that you please get in touch with those that run the Leiston Good Neighbour Scheme, this ensures that all help that is offered by trusted persons and given to those in need. More information about the Leiston Good Nieghbour Scheme page.
What to do if you have Coronavirus Symptoms:
Stay at home for 10 days and Order a Test if you have these symptoms:
- A high temperature – you feel hot to touch on your chest or back.
- A new, continuous cough – this means you’ve started coughing repeatedly.
- A loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste.
Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.
As a minimum, please ensure that you are following the Public Health England (PHE) recommendations for general cold and flu precautions to help prevent people from catching and spreading COVID-19:
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze (follow the simple Catch it, Bin it, Kill it rule).
- Put used tissues in the bin straight away.
- Wash your hands with soap and water often – use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
- Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.
- Those with a new persistent cough or high temperature are advised to self-isolate for seven days.
- Those over-70 are advised not to go on cruises.
- International school trips are inadvisable.
- If you are worried about symptoms, please call NHS 111. Do not go directly to your GP or other healthcare environment.